The destruction of an object represents the destruction of something more important
Do We Have This One?, Needs More Examples Something has been broken. It may be a spell, a relationship, a life. Whatever it is, it was important, and now it's been destroyed. And so has something else. An excellent way for a writer to demonstrate the destruction of something intangible is to break something tangible. The broken object could be anything, but the symbolism is usually obvious. When Bob and Alice break up, a picture of the two of them is destroyed. When Charlie dies, his prized possession is smashed to bits. When the Big Bad is defeated, his stronghold falls apart. The extent of the damage to the Symbolically Broken Object frequently indicates the extent of the damage to the thing it symbolizes. If the object has been destroyed beyond repair, there's a good chance that the same is true of whatever else was broken. If the object can be repaired, so can the thing it smbolizes. Frequently overlaps with Load-Bearing Boss, Insignia Rip-Off Ritual, and Wrecked Weapon.
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