Cranes by Peter Meinke

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Cranes represent longevility as in after death . Early on, she asks, “maybe this is the wrong thing?” (8) We wonder, what is she referring to? Slowly, more details are given when he “picked up an object wrapped in a plaid towel” and gives the toast “here’s looking at you kid.” Although not directly stated, the implication is that they drank something. Again indirectly, but toward the end we see the symbolic cranes “stepping delicately away from the commotion,” mirroring the couple’s separation from their life. After they kiss, their eyes close, and the cranes fly away into the sun. The implication, though never direct, is that our couple decided to end their lives together Aha! A gun makes so much more sense! I think I just found it hard…show more content…
She is coughing and he is complaining about all the things he cannot due any more. He picks up an object wrapped in a plaid towel and puts it between the two of them. She is concerned that her children's lives are not settled. He tells her that They will be fine, and anyway, they are not children anymore.(22)She closes her eyes, as though she is ready for what he is about to do. The two cranes suddenly spread their wing and fly away. I believe that is was the shot of a gun that rang out and scared them off. The short story is difficult to understand since the author wrote the story in a tricky way, made up of hints that need to be put together along with the main symbol to understand it. The cranes representing the old couple are standing among the shoreline together like a loving couple admiring the view. The couple is sitting in the car reminiscing their years together and joking around. Their conversational tone sure makes it obvious how much they love each other. The story starts off describing the couple parked along the shoreline looking at the birds and how fascinated they are by them, specially the woman. The man explains to her how those cranes in specific are very rare and there aren’t many left. The woman makes a joke about the small birds looking like clowns in front of big elegant birds, then the man laughs in a way and she asks him if he is all right, and I believe this is the story’s rising action. The old man then changes his mind and

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