Symbolism in Walk Two Moons

by Kenzie Terrell

Summary of Sharon Creech's Novel

Sharon Creech's novel Walk Two Moons is told by a 13-year-old girl named Salamanca Tree Hiddle. Salamanca, or Sal, tells the story while traveling to visit her mother in Lewiston, Idaho. Her story is about another 13-year-old girl named Pheobe Winterbottom who is looking for her mother as well.

Thesis Statement

Throughout the novel Walk Two Moons, Sharon Creech uses symbolism to help the reader understand the unbreakable love between Sal and there family.

Blackberries

One symbol used many times in the novel, is blackberries. The first time uses this symbol is when Sal remembers her and her mother picking blackberries together. "And then I started thinking about the blackberries, and I remembered a time my mother and I walked around the rims of the fields and pastures in Bybanks, picking blackberries." (Creech 32&33). A lot later in the book, blackberries are mentioned when Sal thinks about her mother eating blackberries then kissing a tree. "As she approached the corner of the barn where the sugar maple stands, the plucked a few blackberries from a stray bush and popped them into her mouth... She took several quick steps up to the trunk of the sugar maple, threw her arms around it, and kissed that tree soundly." (Creech 122). Whenever blackberries are mentioned, Sal thinks of her mother's love for everything and her own love for her mother. Blackberries were always around Sal's home in Bybanks. Bybanks is where Sal last saw her mother and father together in a loving family. Sal and her family always had a loving connection towards blackberries by giving them to each other and eating them together. This symbol helps the reader have a stronger understanding towards Sal's family and their love towards towards each other.

Trees

Trees are another one of the many symbols Sharon Creech uses in her novel. One time Creech uses trees to Sal is when Sal remembers her mother. "She took several quick steps up to the trunk of the maple tree, threw her arms around it, and kissed that tree soundly." (Creech 122). Another time this symbol pops up is when Sal kisses trees as her mother had done."Mixed in with each tree's own taste was the slight taste of blackberries, and why this was so, I could not explain." (Creech 123). Sal talks about trees whenever she talks about her mother. Sal's mother has always loved trees until the day she died. Sal hears her mother in the trees when the wind blows because she needs her mother to still be alive in nature. This symbol tells the reader how to understand the unbreakable love between Sal and her mother.