Symbolism In Walk Two Moons

By: Bahar Poursohi

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Summary Of The Novel

Sharon Creech's novel Walk Two Moons is about a 13 year old girl named Salamanca Tree Hiddle (Sal) telling a story about her friend Pheobe that she met at school. Sal is telling the story while she is traveling to Lewiston, Idaho with her grandparents to go find her mom/visit her grave.

Thesis Statement

Throughout the novel Walk Two Moons Sharon Creech uses symbolism to show the connection between Sal and her mom.

Symbol 1: Hair

Hair is one of the symbols that Sharon Creech uses in her novel. One of the times that Sharon Creech uses this symbol is when Sal wanted to cut her hair and her dad said no because her mom cut her hair a week before she left. "'Don't cut yours Sal. Please don't cut yours."' (Creech 92). Later in the book, Sal saves her mom's hair when she cut it. " I saved her hair. I swept it up from the kitchen floor and wrapped it in a plastic bag and hid it beneath the floor boards of my room. It was still there along with the postcards she sent." (Creech 92). Hair comes up whenever there is a connection between Sal and her mom. The hair shows the connection because when the hair is cut, the connection is too. Also, Sal saves her mom's hair because it reminds her of all the memories they had together. The use of this symbol is that it shows the connection between two characters, Sal and her mom.

Symbol 2: Tulips

Tulips are another one of the symbols that Sharon Creech uses in her book. One of the first times that Sharon Creech uses tulips is when Sal suggests naming her baby sister Tulip after she died. "'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). They named the baby Tulip because Sal said that the name came to her from the air. Later on in the book, Sal's mom says that she would come back when the tulips bloom. "She left me a letter which explained that she would think of me every minute and that she would be back before the tulips bloom." (Creech 110). Tulips come up every time there is a new beginning or life. The tulips represent new beginnings because when Sal's mom left and said that she would be back before the tulips bloom, it means that she could start a new life when she comes back. The use of tulips is that it represents life and new beginnings. Tulips also show the connection between Sal and her mom.