Literature In Walk Two Moons
By: C Strauch
Throughout the novel, Walk Two Moons, Sharon Creech uses Mr. Birkway's english lessons to help express Sal's feelings
"The Tide Rises, the Tide Falls"
One of Mr. Birkway's english lessons refers to the poem, "The Tide Rises, the Tide Falls", by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow. Sal reacts to the line of the poem, "The day returns, but nevermore/ Returns the traveler to the shore", (Longfellow). Sal's first reaction to this is, "It isn't normal to die. It isn't normal. It's terrible." (Creech 182). Sal feels this way because of her mother's death that happened recently. This shows the fact that Sal doesn't accept the fact of death and her mother dying. Mr. Birkway uses literature to express Sal's feelings, and her feelings toward her mom.
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"the little horse is newlY"
Another one of Mr. Birkway's english lessons refers to the poem, "the little horse is newlY" by e.e. cummings. The line of the poem," Born) he knows nothing, and feels/ everything;" relates to Sal. The poem is about a newly born horse who knows nothing but feels everything. This relates to Sal because of her feelings for Ben, but not knowing about boys and love. Another line in the poem "the little horse is newlY" that relates to Sal is "the little horse is newlY". Sal's reaction to this is, "'To me that Y looked like a horse standing up on his thin legs." (Creech 123). Sal is like this horse because she has to adjust to her new life in Euclid, her mom's death, and her dad's relationship with Mr. Cadaver. This is also an example of the author using Mr. Birkway's english lessons to express Sal's feelings.