When and where is symbolism appropriate in a plot? Should there always be a "hidden meaning" in character names, the twists, the events. (i.e. MC slaying of the huge eight-legged spider-ish monster symbolizes the unnatural psychological need to be loved by your mom and strike meaning to your contemporaries... blah) It might sound a bit detail-obssessive, but how important is symbolism in a piece of work? Is it true that details mean everything?