To Walk Two Moons
By Sharon Creech
Salamanca Tree Hiddle recently moved from Bybanks, Kentucky.She thought that her new life in Euclid would be normal, but soon finds that she is mistaken. Sal soon goes on a road trip with her grandparents to go and see her mom, but finds later on that the trip may not have been to help Sal find her mom, but for her to find herself.
The author uses three examples of symbolism to help her main character, Salamanca Hiddle, overcome personal tragedies in her life.
In the novel, Sharon Creech uses Tulips to help and explain the main character's, Sal's, past.
Tulips are one of the three symbols that the author used in the novel to help and tell the story. The tulips are a main symbol because throughout the story, Sal misses her mother dearly. The tulips remind her of when her mother left. "She wanted me to know that she would think of me every minute and that she would be back before the tulips bloomed. But, of course, she was not back before the tulips bloomed." (pg.110) This example shows that, even though her mother is gone, she still found something to remind her of her mom. Another reason that tulips are a main part in the story is that they bring Sal to remember her still-born younger sister. " My father came home from the hospital briefly the next day. We should name the baby anyway, he said. Do you have any suggestions?" "The name came to me from the air. Tulip, I said" (pg.149) The reason Sal said Tulip was because Tulips are recurring flowers. No matter when you plant them, they'll always come back the next year, as her father said. And Sal, and her family, wanted her baby sister to come back, so they buried her near where the tulips come up every year to remind them of her.
In this novel, the author uses blackberries to help and tell the story of her main character, Sal's, past and present, and to help and foreshadow events that could happen in the story.
The second symbol that is important to this story is blackberries. Blackberries remind Sal mainly of her mom, like tulips do. "The truth is, I do not have allergies, but I could not admit that blackberries reminded me of my mother." (pg.22) So, as this quote states, blackberries remind Sal of her mother, because when Sal and her family used to live in Bybanks, Sal and her mother would go walking around the rims of their fields and pastures and pick blackberries. So they remind Sal of fond memories that she had of her mother, unlike tulips, which were mainly sad memories. Blackberries also tend to remind Sal of kisses. Because her mother used to kiss trees. I know this sounds weird, but just hold up and I'll explain. "She took several quick steps up to the trunk of the maple, threw her arms around it, and kissed that tree soundly." (pg.122) Sal was watching her mom when, after eating a few blackberries, she walked up to a maple tree and kissed it. Later, Sal went to examine the tree, and thought that she detected a small dark stain, as from a blackberry kiss. Sal then went up to that tree and kissed it firmly. This is an obvious reason as to why blackberries remind Sal of kisses, and later on in the story, kisses do have their own large role to play. So, whenever Sal has a kiss, she is reminded of blackberries.Therefor putting blackberries back into the story.
During the story, Sharon uses trees to help and stand for characters in the book, and to help bring back memories to remind Sal of past experiences and things that might have happened, but can never be changed.
The third and last symbol that Sharon uses in the story is trees. Trees are a big part in Sal's life. Her own middle name is Tree. But trees aren't just trees in Sal's life. Trees are like her own mini version of a god. For example, "Over and over, I prayed the same thing. I prayed to trees. This was easier than praying directly to God. There was nearly always a tree nearby." (pg.7) This example fits why trees remind Sal of a God because it clearly states that she prays to trees, because it is easier than praying directly to God. So the trees are like the Hermes of her prayers, taking them to whomever she believes in. So in this case, God. The other thing that trees remind Sal of is her old farm in Bybanks, Kentucky. Trees remind her of her old home because there were trees everywhere on the farm. "We're back in Bybanks now. My father and I are living on our farm again, and Gramps is living with us. I still climb the sugar maple tree, and I have heard the singing tree sing." (pgs. 274, 278) As this little snip-it shows, Sal is back again in Bybanks, and she still climbs the sugar maple and hears the singing tree sing. But before she got to go home back to Bybanks, whenever she thought of a sugar maple or heard a singing tree sing, she would think of her home back in Kentucky. She would be reminded of the aspen grove where her sister was buried, and the large Oak that she fell from. In this quote, she's talking like she is writing a letter to someone. And if she was, in that letter about her moving back to her new home, there would be trees. Like how she's saying she still climbs the trees and hears their song. So if I were reading it, I would be able to tell that the trees do play a large part in her life, bringing back memories of her home and her life.
To help her main character Salamanca Tree Hiddleget through her mother's death, Sharon Creech uses 3 symbols to remind her of fond memories. Blackberries to remind her of her mom and kisses. Tulips to help her remember her younger sister, Bybanks, and also her mother. And lastly trees to remind her of nature and living on her farm in Kentucky. The author not only uses all three of these things to help and tell the present story, but to remind us as well as Sal of her past one as well.