Symbolism in Walk Two Moons

How does symbolism add depth to Walk Two Moons

Summary

Sharon Creech's novel Walk Two Moons is about a 13-year old girl name Sal who drives with her grandparents to see her mom resting peacefully in Lewiston, Idaho. While she is in the car with her grandparents she tells them the story of her friend Phoebe, the lunatic, and her disappearing mother.

Thesis

Throughout the novel Walk Two Moons Sharon Creech uses symbolism to add depth to the story.

Trees

One of the most frequent symbols used are trees. This symbol pops up very early in the book, when Sal has to leave her farm." 'No trees?' I said 'this is where we are going to live'" (Creech Pg.1) Trees are constenly piping up in Walk Two Moons. Sharon Creech used trees again with Sal's name."My middle name, Tree comes from your basic tree, a thing of such beauty to my mother that she had to make it part of my name."(Creech Pg.8) Trees are used to symbolize Sal's identy. Sal is upset that she must leave the trees fors she has a connection with them, they were what she was rased around. Having the middle name Tree is an important connection between Sal and her mother. By using this symbol the reader can add depth to the story.

Blackberrys

Another symbol in Walk Two Moons are blackberrys. Sharon Creech commonly used this symbol with Sal's love for her mom and trees."I looked at where her mouth must have touched the trunk. I probably imaged this but I thought I could detect a small dark stain as if from a blackberry kiss." (Creech Pg.122) This symbol pops up again after Ben (a boy that Sal fancys) kissed her "Did it taste a little like blackberrys to you? Blackberrys symbolize love. Sal's mom loved trees and Sal loved Ben after both showing affection blackberrys are mentioned. By using this symbol over and over again the reader can gain a deeper understanding of the characters and it adds depth to the story.