ERNEST HEMINGWAY. The Short Happy Life of Francis Macomber. 5. “Here’s to the lion,” he said. “I can’t ever thank you for what you did.” able wash basin. The Ernest Hemingway short story The Short Happy Life of Francis Macomber examines these questions within the scope of a few days in a disastrous African. Hemingway introduces the three principal characters, Francis Macomber, his wife Margot, and their safari guide Richard Wilson, over cocktails.

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And the ending, climactic It’s not easy to give my opinion of this story. Apr 24, Kendra rated it liked it. Her shot strikes her husband, killing him at his moment of triumph.

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Margot picks up the gun to defend her husband, trying to save him in the face of danger. Sadness that the wife was such a disagreeable person, that she too had to be disappointed in her marriage, that she had so little concern for her husband.

If she purposefully shoots him, she has preserved her dominance in the macobmer and ensures that she will keep his wealth presumably the only reason they married in the first place. Macomber tries to rectify this by standing his ground before a charging buffalo.

Macomber struggles with his position within shrot wilderness, wondering if it is more honorable to be like Wilson or to heed his instinct for self-preservation by fleeing from wounded animals.


Whatever one thinks of Wilson, the change in Francis Macomber comes when he becomes like Wilson. Her motivations are more often narrated by Wilson, the great white hunter, who thinks very little of her, except for her beauty and her sexuality when erneest is quiet.

A short story, written in that bold-stroke Hemingway style, you can see why it has been chosen as representative of his work. And she is guilty—of infidelity; and of accepting the adolescent touchstone of manhood—standing firm before an onrushing wounded lion or buffalo—so heartily embraced by the white hunter, her husband, and Hemingway himself.

Author Biography Ernest Hemingway is one of the most famous American writers of the twentieth century. This is taking a weird turn and now I am writing as my mind dictates. Margot herself represents some conflicting ideas about femininity. In the ride to home nobody talked as much. Inafter suffering a mental breakdown, he entered the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, to undergo electro-shock therapy.

The Short Happy Life of Francis Macomber

That’s what they do in England. The bullet accomplishes exactly what she was trying to avoid.

Macomber is eager to impress his wife, whom he sees as attracted to Wilson. Ah, the glory of being alive, and fighting for it! Retrieved December 11, from Encyclopedia. As Hunter melted from sight into the bush beyond the clearing, Maconber realized that somehow they had walked almost smack into the middle of the herd.

But are they listed on the list? Many critics and readers have debated whether Margot Macomber kills her husband intentionally or accidentally.


From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. However, this delves into the power dynamics of a relationship and how people are not too keen with giving up their dominance over another. This volume is an excellent guide to American literatureproviding detailed entries on authors, major works, major characters, and aesthetic categories.

Though primarily known as a writer of fiction, he continued throughout his life to function as a journalist, covering several wars, including the Greco-Turkish War in and the Spanish Civil War from To view it, click here.

The Short Happy Life of Francis Macomber by Ernest Hemingway

For almost a century and a half, America was merely a group of colonies scattered…. When he got home and woke up he realized his wife wasn’t there. All elements that, inevitably, pave the way to the core of tragedy. What type of person would read this book.

Wilson feels no remorse, however; he believes Macomber has driven Margot to him. He is inept and somewhat cowardly, but Hemingway portrays him with sympathy, revealing the anxiety and tragedy that such narrow definitions of manhood can produce.

I don’t remember being so repelled by a female character since Cinderella’s ffancis. Macomber against the charge of murder.