"I told them, Go."

The way Oskar's grandmother releases the animals after Thomas Snr leaves is reminiscent of the many myths telling how animals sense disaster and flee. That they don't return recalls the phrase, 'If you love something let it go; if it comes back to you then you know it loves you': it forbodes the long absence of her husband.

Gerolamo Bassano - Entrada de Animais na Arca de Noé, 1590-1620
Public DomainGerolamo Bassano - Entrada de Animais na Arca de Noé, 1590-1620