Do you write your stories with deeper meaning?
To quote Donald Maass, "Ducking the big questions is easy. So is achieving low impact."+Kristen Lamb
shows how Charles Dickens used symbol, theme, and general hidden meanings to convey a profound message without getting preachy.
I find it interesting that Kristen starts with the power of names, because an obscure name is only going to matter to the reader once they care enough to learn about it. In other words, after they have been captivated by the story. (I don't know if Ebeneezer was obscure back then, but it certainly is now.) But I think she has the right of it.
Leading with a well-chosen name can help the writer
feel the deeper meaning in the story.
And one thing I've found to be unerringly true is that when you're able to feel
the themes behind a story rather than thinking about them, the writing is stronger. It's naturally more stirring and less preachy.
Her article is well worth reading, especially if you want to use symbolism but don't want to overload your reader with obviously symbolic imagery.