Walk Two Moons

SHARON CREECH

SUMMARY

In Walk two Moons by Sharon Creech, 13 year old Salamonca Tree Hiddle embarks on an adventure with her grandparents to find her mother. During the road trip Sal tells the story of Phoebe Winterbottom and the "Lunatic". Sal realizes that Phoebes story is like her own and Sal begins to learn more about herself and her mother than ever before.

THESIS STATEMENT

The author uses 3 examples of symbolism to help Sal cope with the tragedy in her life.

Tulips

The author uses 3 examples of symbolism to help Sal cope with the tragedy in her life. Tulips are symbolism, tulips represent spring because tulips bloom in spring. On p.78 they sing " Oh meet me when the tulips do bloom" , which is a reference spring, when the tulips bloom. Plus when Sal's sister dies, Sal names her Tulip because babies are usually born in spring and she thinks that having a normal birth would have saved the baby. ( P.149 ) " 'Tulip' I said. My father smiled ' your mother will like that, we will burry the baby in the aspen grove Were the tulips bloom every Spring'. Therefore tulips represent spring.

SINGING TREE

The author uses 3 examples of symbolism to help Sal cope with the tragedy in her life. Singing trees are symbolism, they represent Sal's mother. " Next to the sugar maple was my singing tree" (p.99+100). The sining tree represents Sal's mom because even though Sal can't see her mother (the bird) she knows she is there, in the trees. Plus on page 268 Sal hears her mother. "The birdsong came from the top of the willow and I did not want to look too closely, because I wanted it to be the tree that was singing. I kissed the willow. 'Happy birthday,' I said. In the sheriff's car, I said, ' She isn't actually gone at all. She's singing in the trees.'". Therefore singing trees represent Sal's mother.

BLACK BERRIES

The author uses 3 examples of symbolism to help Sal cope with the tragedies in her life. Black berries are symbolism, they also represent Sal's mother. Black berries represent Sal's mom because on page 21+22 she refuses them however she still has an affinity for them. " "I hope you like black berries- is there something wrong ?' ' No,' I said ' I like black berries very much, I just have some allergies, I think". She says this because she still loves her mother however she feels resentment because her mother left. Another example is on page 121-123. "Later that day, I examined the tree trunk. I thought I could detect a dark stain as if it were from a black berry kiss. Ever since then I have kissed all different kinds of trees, mixed in with each trees taste was the taste of black berries". This shows that Sal has been searching for hints of her mother through black berries. Therefore black berries represent sals mother.

CONCLUSION

The author uses tulips, singing trees and black berries to help Sal get though the tragic moments in sals life.