Foreshadowing In Walk Two Moons

By: Michael Santich

Summary

Sharon Creech's novel Walk Two Moons is about a 13-year-old name Sal who drives across the country with her grandparents to Lewiston, Idaho to visit her mom's grave. While she is on this trip Sal tells about her friend Phoebe.

Thesis Statement

Throughout the novel Walk Two Moons, Sharon Creech uses foreshadowing to hint the ending without telling the reader exactly what happens.

Event 1: The Lunatic Turning Out to Be Mrs. Winterbottoms Son

One of the events that in foreshadowed is the lunatic turning out to be Mrs. Winterbottom's son. The First time Sharon Creech foreshadows this event is when the lunatic first visits the Winterbottom's house. The lunatic, oddly only asks for Mrs. Winterbottom at the door. "I want to see Mrs. Winterbottom. Is she here or what?" (Creech 43). Later in the book, Mrs.Partridge told Phoebe that she saw her brother. "Oh, Phoebe, I think I saw your brother." (Creech 193). This is foreshadowing because Sharon Creech carefully gives clues to the reader about what will happen. Another thing about foreshadowing is that as much as it can hit the ending it can also misled the reader into thinking different things. Although the lunatic turning out to be Mrs. Winterbottom's son seemed like a surprise, there were for the reader to pick up on. Using foreshadowing Creech hints the ending of the event without telling exactly what happens.

Event 2: Sal's Mom's Death in a Bus Accident

Another event that is foreshadowed is Sal's mom's death in a bus accident. Sharon Creech first foreshadows this when Sal lists the things that she is afraid of. "I was terrified of car accidents, death, cancer, brain tumors, nuclear war, pregnant women, loud noises, strict teachers, elavators, and scads of other things." (Creech 13-14). The next time Creech foreshadows this vent is when Sal pays close attention to the buses that she drive by on the roads of Montana. "Every time I saw a bus I watched it sway. I watched its tires spin dangerously close to the gravel at the road edge. (Creech 227). This was a big event that Creech Foreshadowed. If you did not pick up the signs she left, you would have been shocked when the book finally revealed what happened to Sal's mom. Although are big surprises in this book, Creech left hints along the way for the reader to figure them out.