Walk Two Moons Symbolism

By: Brynn Waite

Walk Two Moons Summary

Sharon Creech's novel Walk Two Moons is about a 13 year old girl named Sal, who drives across the country with her gram and gramps in search for her moms grave. On the way to Lewiston, Idaho Sal tells a story about Phoebe, her disappearing mother, and the lunatic.

Thesis Statement

Throughout the novel Walk Two Moons, Sharon Creech uses symbolism to add depth to the story, and to make it more interesting for the reader.

Hair

In Walk Two Moons, one of the symbols Sharon Creech mentions is hair; it symbolizes relationship and connection. Creech mentions hair when Sal meets Margaret Cadaver. "The lady with the wild red hair opened the door and came out onto the porch." (Creech 2) Later in the book, the symbol is mentioned when a boy named Ben comments on Sal's hair. "I like your hair," he said to me. (Creech 49) The symbol is mentioned whenever Sal and Ben are together, or when Sal forms a friendship or a connection with someone. In the novel, hair brings Sal memories of her mom. They each had the long, silky brown hair. The day before Sal's mom disappeared she cut her hair, to keep a connection with her mom, Sal grabbed every strand of her hair and stuffed it into a plastic bag to keep for if she ever see's her again. The symbol then gives the reader a better understanding of Sal's past and present.
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Blackeberries

In Walk Two Moons, one of the symbols Sharon Creech mentions is blackberries, it symbolizes love and friendship. Creech mentions blackberries when Sal is reminded of her mother. "But I could not admit that blackberries reminded me of my mother." (Creech 22) Later in the book, the symbol is mentioned when a boy named Ben gives Sal a chicken named Blackberry. "And I leaned forward and another kiss happened, a spectacular kiss, a perfect kiss," and Ben said, "It's name is Blackberry." (Creech 255) The symbol is mentioned whenever Sal is with someone she cares about. In the novel, Blackberries reminds Sal of her mom, and Bybanks. The symbol gives the reader a better understanding and a closer look in Sal's life with her friends and family.
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