Walk Two Moons Ref to Literature

By Luke Tyler


Sharon Creeches novel Walk Two Moons is about a thirteen year old girl named Sal who goes on a 6 day trip across the country hoping to find her mom. Along the way she tells her grandparents the story of her friend phoebe and the lunatic.

Refrences to Literature

Throughout the novel, Walk Two Moons, Sharon Creech uses references to literature to help tell the story of Phoebe and Sal and how they think about things.

One of the references to literature was the story about Pandora's Box (Walk Two Moons pages 171-174.) In the Greek Myth, Pandora was given a lot of gifts including a box which she was told not to open. She opened it because she was also given the gift of curiosity. Inside the box were all the evils of the world such as plague, greed and war. Sal starts to wonder if her life is a big Pandora's box and if all the evils are things like cholesterol, or the lunatic or her disappearing mom. The good inside the box was her friend Phoebe and her grandparents.

Another example of references to literature is, "The Tide Rises, The Tide Falls" by Henry Longfellow (Walk Two Moons pages 181-182.) It is about a traveler heading towards a town at night on a beach. He hears the sea calling and with its gentle white hands it reaches out and takes the traveler and returns his body by morning. This relates to Sal and Phoebe because Phoebe thinks that her mom was kidnapped and killed just like the traveler who was taken by the sea. Sal thinks that there is a possibility that her mom might not come back.

Sharon Creech uses these great examples to help tell the reader what Sal and Phoebe think and how they feel.