Walk Two Moons

by: Sharon Creech

Chapters 25–28

Summary Chapters 25–28

Phoebe's account of the Pandora myth demonstrates the way in which the stories we tell reflect our own experiences and concerns. Throughout her report, Phoebe refers to the importance of being a good host, clearly thinking back to her high-cholesterol dinner at the Finney's and her weekend at Sal's house. Phoebe highlights and embellishes the aspects of the myth that are important to her. Her delivery of the story demonstrates that not only can we learn about ourselves by telling others stories, as Sal constantly learns about her own life by reflecting on Phoebe's experiences, but we also tell our own stories through the stories of others. Our perspective, concerns, and values leak out through the details we choose to highlight, the tone in which we speak, the outcomes and actions we emphasize.

The Pandora myth also serves as a response to Ben's version of the Prometheus myth. First, Phoebe recasts the role of woman in her presentation of the Pandora myth: Pandora is a gift to man, and not, as Ben stated, a punishment. Moreover, the two myths depict man's acquisition of two very different rewards: the Prometheus myth explains man's attainment of fire, a source of physical advantage and power, while the Pandora myth depicts mankind's acquiring, along with all the evils of the world, hope. Both of these aspects of the Pandora myth resonate with the themes of Walk Two Moons. First, mothers and wives, such as the neglected Mrs. Winterbottom or Sal's misunderstood mother, are often unappreciated gifts in the lives of those they love. Second, evil and hope come hand in hand: without loss and suffering, humankind would not know the transformative power of hope. As Sal comes to terms with the loss of her mother, she learns that the greatest tragedy of life—its brevity and inconstancy—is the root of its great emotional beauty and riches.