7 May 2014
“Cranes” Hwang Sun-won
One line along the 38th parallel called the Demilitarized zone (DMZ) is all that separates two countries with very different views. North Korea on one side which is ruled by a communist type of view and the South which is more of a democratic view. This is one thing that happens in the story “Cranes” by Hwang Sun-won. Sun-won includes information about life in Korea and the tension between the North and the South.
Many things happened in “Cranes” by Hwang Sun-Won. Song-Sam and Tok-Chae were good friends since they were children. When they were little they did many things one of them was they caught themselves a crane. They tied the crane up and would come back to it every day. Then one day a man from Seoul came and had permission to catch cranes, so the boys hurried to their crane and let him go. Now when they are older Tok-Chae and Song-Sam went their separate ways. Tok-Chae sadly lives very close to the 38th parallel and he forcibly gets taken to the north. He was made the Vice-chairman of the Communist League so when the South captures him he is to be killed. So when Song-Sam sees his old friend he decides to take him. As they are walking Song-Sam tries to talk to him but Tok-Chae wouldn’t say anything. When Song-Sam talked about the Crane when they were children Tok-Chae opened up. After the story they started crane hunting just as they did when they were kids.
Hwang Sun-won went through many hard times during his life (Albert). When he was young Korea was ruled by Japan. During this time Hwang saw the Japanese imprison his father for being part of the Korean rebellion of 1919. (Albert 1402) Another reason is when he would write one of his many pieces of ...
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...uth also the life in Korea. He showed this type of stuff by his background information and when he was talking about Tok-Chae getting captured. Just think about the good time’s with your friends and family if you are going through rough times because you will be able to get through it.
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