Walk Two Moons Symbolism
By Olivia Dewarns
Throughout the novel Walk Two Moons, Sharon Creech uses symbolism to explain characters feelings, express who they are, and add more depth to the story.
One of the symbols Sharon Creech uses in the novel is blackberries. A time when she mentioned blackberries was when she remembered her mother picking blackberries. "We did not piclk from the bottom of the vine or from the top. The ones at the bottom were for the rabbits, my mother said, and the ones at the top were for the birds. The ones at people-height were for people." (Creech 33) Creech again uses blackberries during the time Sal's mother ate a blackberry then kissed a tree leaving a dark stain. "She took several quick steps up to the trunk of the maple, threw her arms around it and kissed that tree soundly." (Creech 122) Another time Ben gives Sal a chicken named Blackberry. "A perfect kiss, and Ben said, its name is Blackberry." (Creech 255) Blackberries represent love. Not only for each other but nature (animals, trees) and life too. Ben and Sal love each other and Ben expressed that love by giving her a chicken named Blackberry. When Sal and her mother picked blackberries they only picked from "people-height". Also they both kiss trees because they love them and are a big part of their lives. This is why blackberries symbolize love.
Another symbol Sharon Creech used in the novel is trees. One of the times she used this symbol Sal describes her mother and herself both having trees used in their names. "She wanted to be specific and use Sugar Maple Tree." (Creech 8) Another time Creech mentions trees is when Sal talks about a birdsong that comes from the trees. "Sometimes it sang, sometimes it did not, but from then on I always called it the singing tree." (Creech 100) Trees represent spirituality and identity. Sal's middle name involves trees. Also Sal can hear songs coming from trees. Sometimes she believes her mother is in the trees. This shows her spirituality and identity.