Symbolism in Walk Two Moons

By Tatum Curtin

Summary of Walk Two Moons

Sharon Creech's novel Walk Two Moons is about thirteen year old girl named Sal and her road trip to Lewiston, Idaho with her grandparents to visit her mom before her birthday arrives. Along the way she tells the story of her best friend Phoebe, her new found love and troubles with Phoebes family.

Thesis Statement

Throughout the novel Walk Two Moons, Sharon Creech uses symbols to deeper understand what the characters are thinking.

Symbolism of Trees

One of the symbols that Sharon Creech uses in her novel Walk Two Moons is trees. Trees are first mentioned by a girl named Sal when she was on a road trip with her grandparents. "I prayed to trees. This was easier than praying directly to God. There was nearly always a tree nearby." (Creech 7) It seems that Sal talks to trees because her mom always had a special connection with trees and they remind her of her. "She took several quick steps, threw her arms around it, and kissed that tree soundly." (Creech 122) When Sal was younger she and her mom would always listen to the singing tree, but when her mom left it stopped singing until she visited her grave."'She isn't actually gone at all. She's singing in the trees.'" (Creech 268) She said this after visiting her grave when the tree started singing again. Trees represent Sals mom always being around for her even when she is gone. The use of this symbol helps us to more deeply understand what Sal is thinking and feeling.

Symbolism of Tulips

Another symbol that frequently is mentioned in Sharon Creech's novel Walk Two Moons is tulips. Tulips are first mentioned in a backstory of when Gram and Gramps got married. "Behind them, everyone was singing, 'Oh meet me, in the tulips, when the tulips do bloom''.(Creech 78) Later in the book Sal mentions that her mom will be back before the tulips bloom. "She wanted me to know that she would be back before the tulips bloomed." (Creech 110) Tulips appear whenever something changes in their lives. When tulips are mentioned it represents them moving on from their something in the past. At Gram and Gramps wedding the tulips represent them moving on from their seperate individual lives to living together in marriage and having to make sacrifices for one another. When Sal's mom said that she would be back before the tulips bloom it represents her moving on from the loss of the baby. The use of this symbol also help to let us get a deeper look into what the characters are feeling.
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