A theme is an idea that is examined over and over again within a book. Among the major themes in Walk Two Moons are: 1) acceptance of loss, 2) courage born of love, and 3) healing found in grief.
Throughout the book, several main character struggles to accept that death of a loved one.
From page one, Sal struggles to accept the death of her mother. Before she does, she is angry at her mother for abandoning her. Her best friend Phoebe is struggling with the loss of her mother at the same time. A critical turning point in Sal’s acceptance comes at the end of Chapter 27:
Maybe when everything seemed sad and miserable, Phoebe and I could both hope that something might start to go right (176).
Sal’s mother struggled to accept the death of her baby. As part of that struggle, she took a trip across the country, but before she could return home to Sal, she was killed in a traffic accident.At the end of Sal’s road trip, Gramps has to struggle to accept the death of Gram.
Phoebe’s mother has seemed ready to abandon her, but in reality she has been struggling to find the courage to embrace the love of her lost son, Mike:
"Mike found me and at first I was frightened of what that would mean. I’ve lived such a tiny life—"(Ch. 39, p.248).
Look at scenes with Sal’s father. Does he show signs of grief? Is that grief helping him to heal? What about Sal, Sal’s mother, and Gramps? Is grief one of the ways they learn to accept the death of their loved ones? Does that help them heal?