Symbolism In Walk Two Moons
By Parker Corley
In Sharon Creech's novel Walk Two Moons, 13-year-old Sal endures a cross country trip with her grandparents to see her mom. While on this trip Sal tells the story of Pheobe Winterbottom, and her peculiar life with her family, Ben, and the Lunatic.
Throughout the novel Walk Two Moons, Sharon Creech uses symbolism to reflect and give depth to characters and their feelings
Hair is a very common symbol in Walk Two Moons. The very first symbol of the book is hair. Sal keeps her mother's cut off hair under the floorboards in her closest before her and her dad moved."We have to go back, I forgot something.""In the back of my closet, under the floorboards. I put something there and i got to have it." (page 2) Another use of hair is when Pheobe's mother comes back to the house with the lunatic and her hair is cut short and stylish. "Her hair was not only short, but also quite stylish." (pg. 245) I think hair is used as a symbol for connection. Pheoble and Sal both find their mothers hair as the last remembrance of who they used to be.
Another large symbol in Walk Two Moons is blackberries. One use of blackberries is when Sal's Mom kisses a blackberry tree, the Sal kisses it too and thinks she can taste the blackberries. "I faced that tee squarely and kissed it squarely." (122) Another is when Sal and a boy named Ben share a kiss at a hospital. "Our heads moved completely together and our lips landed in the right place, which was on each others." Ben touched his lips." Did it taste a little like blackberries to you?" Blackberries represent love and connections to other people, like hair. I think this because Sal kissed a blackberry tree just like her mom, and now the feelings relate to Ben