What are some symbols in "The Devil and Daniel Webster" by Stephen Vincent Benet?

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There are several symbols in "The Devil and Daniel Webster." Start with some of the most central. "Jabez" means "pain" or "sorrow." That means that this man who sold his soul is a stone of pain, or a stone who can hurt—an unnatural thing that marks how wrong this is. The fact that Webster agrees to take the case, and the fact that it is argued in a court of law symbolizes the man's stature, and his willingness to tackle complicated cases. The whole idea of challenging a contract with the Devil is essentially a claim that people should be able to start over…a symbol of America.

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