What are the major themes in the book Walk Two Moons by Sharon Creech.

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Karen P.L. Hardison eNotes educator| Certified Educator

The most prominent theme in Walk Two Moons is that of coming of age. Corollary themes are identity and finding self, which are related but have differing fine points. The first, the rites of passage to coming of age, is the most important theme. Sal must pursue understanding and acceptance of things that at the outset of the story are beyond her capability of grasping. For example, by the end of the novel, she must understand her mother's quest and accept her death. Not only this, but Sal must form a new resolve and embrace a new courage to go forward in her world and life without her mother.

A correlated them is that of identity. Sal's mother lost a baby by saving her other child, Sal, and as a result of the event felt at odds with her sense of identity. The same event and his wife's quest caused Sal's father to waver in his sense of identity, so much so that he had to turn his back on all that had previously identified him: the farm and the memories of his wife at home there. This abandonment of the roots of identity shook Sal's own sense of identity and prohibited her from feeling at home in the new town.

Finally, in a closely related theme, Sal had to find herself just as her mother had done. Sal had to find the answers that would quiet her tossed and torn world and connect her with her heritage and her peace of mind. Sal's mother went on her quest to her past and, following in her mother's footsteps, even to her grave, Sal must face the dangers and lessons of her own quest to find her own self.