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I think a main theme of this story is the power of friendship. The story begins with Tokchae being taken prisoner. He is being moved to a new location, and Songsam decides to be the escort. The two...

Latest answer posted September 23, 2016, 1:36 pm (UTC)

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In Asian culture, cranes are generally symbols of good fortune and longevity. Since this story is set in Korea, one can assume that it depicts the same or a similar theme. The narrator describes an...

Latest answer posted May 21, 2017, 9:44 am (UTC)

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There is certainly a wider conflict going on in the background of this story, and that conflict deals with the Korean war and how villages along the 38th parallel were affected. That is one...

Latest answer posted December 3, 2019, 3:28 pm (UTC)

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Although now torn apart by war and the separation of North Korea and South Korea, Songsam and Tokchae were quite close when they were children, as indicated by a few flashbacks throughout “Cranes.”...

Latest answer posted July 25, 2018, 10:49 pm (UTC)

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Songsam and Tokchae are much more alike than they are different. They were childhood friends before the civil war began ripping apart families and communities. The initial separation of Tokchae...

Latest answer posted August 28, 2015, 2:22 pm (UTC)

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This story takes place sometime between 1950 and 1953. We know this because it is taking place during the Korean War, which took place after World War II. The first paragraph of the story gives...

Latest answer posted March 31, 2018, 7:00 pm (UTC)

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The first sentence of the story gives readers important setting details: The northern village at the border of the Thirty-eighth Parallel was snugly settled under the high, bright autumn sky. The...

Latest answer posted June 28, 2018, 2:05 pm (UTC)

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Both the cigarettes and the chestnuts are symbolic of friendship in the short story "Cranes." The two items are not only symbolic of the friendship that exists between Songsam and Tokchae, but...

Latest answer posted August 7, 2016, 10:05 pm (UTC)

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Tokchae and Songsam walk together through most of the story "Cranes." The two men are on different sides of a conflict, and Tokchae is Songsam's prisoner. Songsam agrees to escort Tokchae to...

Latest answer posted October 21, 2016, 12:46 am (UTC)

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In "Cranes," two childhood friends find themselves on opposite sides of the Korean War, with most of the conflict occurring at the 38th parallel, which is referenced in the story. Friendship is...

Latest answer posted May 24, 2019, 3:26 pm (UTC)

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In the short story "Cranes," Söngsam and Tokchae are two childhood friends who lost contact throughout the years and find themselves on the opposite sides of a conflict. The latter is a member of a...

Latest answer posted June 29, 2019, 12:05 pm (UTC)

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Despite being a fairly short story, Hwang Sun-won's "Cranes" is full of conflicts. One of those conflicts is the background conflict that exists between northern Korea and southern Korea at the...

Latest answer posted September 15, 2020, 7:23 pm (UTC)

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In one flashback, Songsam recalls a time when he went with Tokchae to steal some chestnuts from an old man. The theft didn't go quite as expected, and Songsam had received particularly humiliating...

Latest answer posted November 2, 2020, 12:52 pm (UTC)

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The answer to this question is subjective, and you are welcome to go either way and defend your stance. Personally, I would to say that characters' behavior is consistent with the plot. More often...

Latest answer posted July 31, 2019, 10:48 pm (UTC)

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The story "Cranes" is about two boyhood friends that have been placed on opposite sides of a violent conflict. Tok-chae has been captured and Song-sam is escorting him to a new location. As the men...

Latest answer posted February 7, 2018, 9:13 pm (UTC)

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You need to analyse the role of the flashback which we are told about just before the end of the story. In this flashback, we are persented with the two men as children, and how they together...

Latest answer posted September 20, 2011, 7:25 pm (UTC)

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Let us remember that this story concerns the ways in which civil war can divide families and friends. This is precisely the situation that Songsam and Tokchae find themselves in, as suddenly,...

Latest answer posted September 7, 2011, 8:04 pm (UTC)

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The short story "Cranes" is set during the Korean War, in which the communist North Koreans invaded the South, precipitating the intervention of a combined United Nations force under American...

Latest answer posted February 14, 2021, 12:15 pm (UTC)

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The village elders are somewhat uneasy about the arrival of Song-sam. This is the aftermath of a brutal war, and so they're naturally apprehensive about what will happen next. As a figure of civil...

Latest answer posted February 7, 2020, 11:11 am (UTC)

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In Hwang Sun-Won’s short story “Cranes,” protagonist Songsam is an officer representing democratic South Korea during the Korean War. This civil war brings him back to his childhood home, a...

Latest answer posted February 15, 2021, 5:03 pm (UTC)

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"Cranes" begins with Songsam volunteering to escort a prisoner to the next location. He volunteers for this because he recognizes the prisoner. The prisoner is Tokchae, and readers will find out...

Latest answer posted December 16, 2020, 1:01 pm (UTC)

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At first the conflict appears to be between two men, Tokchae and Songsam, because they both belong to opposite political parties. Tokchae is a prisoner of war and needs to be transported by police...

Latest answer posted April 30, 2015, 4:16 pm (UTC)

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Tokchae and Songsam were close childhood friends, and they shared many adventures together. When they were young, they had once decided to climb a tree and steal some chestnuts. In the midst of...

Latest answer posted January 5, 2021, 11:03 am (UTC)

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Unfortunately, the story does not provide an answer to this question. Tokchae has been captured, and he is being escorted by Songsam to a new location. The two men are on opposite sides of the...

Latest answer posted May 27, 2018, 12:59 pm (UTC)

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That quote comes at about the story's halfway mark, when Songsam has started escorting his prisoner, Tokchae. Songsam and Tokchae were childhood friends before the Korean conflict forced them on...

Latest answer posted January 16, 2020, 10:12 pm (UTC)

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"Cranes" is a short story about civil war and the bonds of friendship. It takes place during the Korean War, in which North Korea and South Korea battled along the 38th parallel. Villages along...

Latest answer posted May 2, 2021, 11:32 pm (UTC)

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It's been a long time since Song-sam was last in the village where he grew up. As he reenters the place he once called home all those years ago, he sees that the village isn't the same as it was...

Latest answer posted January 21, 2020, 11:45 am (UTC)

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This story was published in 1953, but was set during the Korean War in a village that is situated along the thirty-eighth parallel, which is of course the line that now divides North Korea and...

Latest answer posted February 22, 2012, 2:42 pm (UTC)

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