Analyzing Peter Meinke's 'The Cranes'

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“The Cranes” Family is never left behind, or forgotten. The statement that ended Peter Meinke’s story could have several different meanings. This sentence symbolizes the birds to the couple and describes the husband shooting himself. The husband had many reasons for shooting himself. The most obvious one is that his wife was dying and he doesn’t want to stay on the Earth if she cannot be with him. His life has also changed because of an incident that happened and he hate his life now. The husband describes how he, “can’t smoke, can’t drink martinis, no coffee, no candy.” He can’t cannot even walk up the stairs. He doesn’t like what his life has become, and since his wife is dying he just wants to end his life. The last sentence of the story

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