The symbolism in "Young Goodman Brown" is the old traveler (the devil) and Brown's religious beliefs (the forest journey). This helps the story by showing the battle between good and evil. The symbolism in "Young Goodman Brown" is different from the symbolism in "The Appointment in Samarra" where the woman in the marketplace is representing death. Also, the fact that the servant ran to the place where death was going to "meet" with him symbolizes fate.
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