Symbolism In Walk Two Moons

By: Jordan Garson

Summary Of Novel

Sharon Creech's novel Walk Two Moons is about a 13 year old girl, named Sal, who tells a story to her grandparents about her friend Pheobe, the disappearing mother, and the lunatic. She tells the story on a trip across the country to visit her mother in Lewiston, Idaho.

Thesis Statement

Throughout the novel Walk Two Moons, Sharon Creech uses symbolism to help the reader get a deeper understanding of the books events.

Symbol 1: Trees

One symbol that Sharon Creech uses in this novel is trees. Trees was first brought up when Sal mentions her middle name which is Tree. "She wanted to be more specific and use Sugar Maple Tree, her very favorite, but Salamanca Sugar Maple Tree Hiddle was a bit much even for her." (Creech 8). Trees are brought up again when Sal kisses a Maple Tree. "She took several quick steps up to the trunk of the Maple, threw her arms around it, and kissed that tree soundly." (Creech 122). Trees in this novel symbolize love. Trees symbolize love because Sal's mom gave her middle name out of love. Sals mom loved trees and she wanted to pass that love to Sal by putting trees in her name. Trees in this novel give a deeper meaning to the characters in the book.

Symbol 2: Hair

Another symbol that Sharon Creech uses in Walk Two Moons is Hair. Hair was first introduced when Sal tells us that her mom cut her hair before her mom left. "My mothers hair had been long and black, like mine, but a week before she left, she cut it." (Creech 92). Hair is brought up again when Sal mentions that she still keeps some of her mothers hair and postcards. "My mothers postcards and hair are still in the floorboards of my room." (Creech 278). Hair symbolizes connection in this book. Hair symbolizes connection because Sals mom wanted to leave her hair behind so Sal never looses their connection. Sal saves the hair and postcard in her floorboards so she never forgets her connection between her and her mom. Hair in this novel gives a deeper understanding to the characters in this book.