Symbolism in Walk Two Moons

By: Anne Marie Santich

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Summary of Walk Two Moons

Sharon Creech's novel Walk Two Moons is about a 13-year-old girl named Sal. Sal is on a trip across the country with her grandparents to see her mom's grave. While Sal is in the car with her grandparents, she tells a story about her friend Phoebe, Phoebe's disappearing mother, and the lunatic.

Thesis Statement

Throughout the novel Walk Two Moons, Sharon Creech uses symbolism to connect the reader to Sal's life.

Symbol 1: Tulips

One symbol that is often used in Sharon Creech's novel Walk Two Moons is tulips. One of the times that Creech uses tulips is when Sal's baby sister died and she decided to give her a name. "The name came from the air 'Tulip,' I said." Then Sal's father went on to say, "'Your mother will like that. We'll bury the baby in the little cemetery near the aspen grove - where the tulips come up every spring."' (Creech 149). Later in the book Gram dies. "Gram is buried in the aspen grove" (Creech 274). Creech uses tulips to symbolize loss. Whenever someone dies, tulips are mentioned. Creech uses tulips to represent loss because the tulips bloom and die every year, but life goes on. It is through tulips that the reader is more connected to Sal's life.

Symbol 2: Blackberries

Another symbol that is used in Walk Two Moons is blackberries. The first time Creech uses blackberries is when Sal is about to eat a blackberry pie. "...but I could not admit that blackberries reminded me of my mother." (Creech 22) Another time when blackberries are used is when Sal saw her mom kissing a tree. "I probably imagined this, but I thought I could detect a small dark stain, as from a blackberry kiss." (Creech 122). Sal went on saying, "Mixed in with each tree's own taste was the slight taste of blackberries." (Creech 123). Blackberries are also used when Sal kisses Ben. "When I asked him what his name was, he leaned forward, and I leaned forward and another kiss happened, a spectacular kiss, a perfect kiss, and Ben said, 'It's name is Blackberry.'" (Creech 225). Blackberries are used to symbolize love and remembrance. Blackberries appear whenever Sal is remembering her mom and feeling love. Sharon Creech uses blackberries to symbolize love because blackberries have a sweet taste. Once again Creech uses symbolism to connect the reader to Sal's life.