Foreshadowing In Walk Two Moons

By: Ryan R. Johnson

Summary of Walk Two Moons

Sharon Creech's novel Walk Two Moons is about a 13-year-old girl named Salamanca Tree Hiddle and her trip with her grandparents to see her mothers grave in Lewiston,ID. On the way she tells the story of Phoebe Winterbottom and the odd events that plagued her usually normal life.

Thesis Statement

Throughout the novel Walk Two Moons, Sharon Creech uses foreshadowing to hint at big events and make them seem less spontaneous.

Event 1: Gram's Death

One event that Sharon Creech often foreshadows is Gram's death. The first time this event was foreshadowed, Gram tried to talk but she couldn't finish her sentence."Gram tried to say,'Huzza,Huzza' but she could not breathe well. 'Huz-Huz-' she rasped." (Creech 143-144). Later in the book signs of Gram's imminent death appears again. "When Gram spoke, you could here the rattle in her chest." (Creech 251). Creech periodically talks about Gram's health and each time it seems to decline. Giving Gram's old age she would have died anyways and Creech is trying to speed it up. Creech foreshadows this event to hint at a big event and make it seem less spontaneous. It is through foreshadowing that Creech hints at big events and makes them seem less spontaneous.

Event 2: Sal's Mom Died in a Bus Accident

Another event that Sharon Creech often foreshadows is that Sal's mom died in a bus accident. The first time Creech foreshadows this event is when Sal is listing out her fears. "For example, I was terrified of car accidents." (Creech 13). Further on in the book

Sal and her grandparents are driving on the side of a cliff and Sal starts to think about busses. "Every time I saw a bus, I watched it sway." (Creech 227). It seems that whenever cars and busses are brought up Sal starts to think about her mom. She also often relates busses and cars to accidents and death. Creech foreshadows this to make a hint at a big event and make it seem less spontaneous. It is through foreshadowing that Creech hints at big events and makes them seem less spontaneous.