Symbolism In Walk Two Moons

by Isabella Maldonado

Summary of Novel

Sharon Creech's Walk Two Moons is about 13-year-old Sal Hiddle who tells the story of Phoebe Winterbottom and the potential lunatic. Sal tells the story when she goes on a road trip with her grandparents. Their final stop is Lewiston Idaho, to say a final goodbye to Sal's mom.
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Thesis Statement

Throughout the novel Walk Two Moons, Sharon Creech uses symbolism to show new beginnings.
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Tulips

The symbol tulips is commonly used throughout the novel. When gram and gramps married they sung about tulips. “Oh meet me, in the tulips, when the tulips do bloom-” ( Creech 78) After Sals baby sister died, she named her Tulip. Sals dad plans to have have Tulip buried in a cemetery. “ The name came from the air. ‘Tulip,’ I said. My father smiled, ‘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) Soon after the baby died and Sal and her parents got home, Sals mom left a letter saying she would be back before the tulips bloomed. “... and that she would be back before the tulips bloomed’’. (Creech 110) Tulips symbolize a new beginnings or a fresh start. Many people say marriage is a new beginning. The baby was named Tulip because she was a newborn baby and life with another child would be a new start. Another time tulips popped up was when Sal's mom will be back before they bloom again, tulips represent age will come back with a new start. Even though tulips popped up many times throughout the novel, tulips symbolizes new beginnings.
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Hair

Hair is a major symbol in the novel Walk Two Moons. Before Sals mom left she cut her hair, and Sal was told not to cut her hair. “ My mothers hair was long and black, like mine, but a week before she left, she cut it. My father said to me, ‘ Don't cut yours Sal. Please don't cut yours.’’’ ( Creech 92) Later Phoebes mo cute her hair when she was gone. “ The first one was that Mrs. Winterbottom looked different. Her hair was not only short, but quite stylish.’’ ( Creech 245) When Sal's mom cut her hair, she knew she was going to leave for a new beginning. Also when Phoebe's mom left, Mrs. Winterbottom changed her style to be herself and have a new beginning. Both Sal's mom and Phoebe's mom wanted a new beginning. Yet another symbol from the novel symbolizes new beginnings.

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