The Snows of Kilimanjaro by Ernest Hemingway

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Do you see any similarities between Helen (from "The Snows of Kilimanjaro") and Margot Macomber ("The Short Happy Life of Francis Macomber")?  “The Snows of Kilimanjaro” by Ernest Hemingway.

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I see several similarities between Helen and Margot. To begin with, obviously, they both married adventurous men who came to Africa to trophy hunt. Both women come from wealthy families, and both are excellent shooters. In Snows of Kilimanjaro, Helen shoots a ram for her dying husband, Harry, to eat. In The Short Happy Life of Francis Macomber, of course, Margot kills her husband, Francis, with a shot that may or may not have been intentional.

In addition, both women are in boring marriages. Harry and Helen's is a union of convenience, and while they don't quarrel much, Harry does not love her. Margot and Francis's partnership is more contentious; Margot sleeps with the hunting guide, Robert Wilson, then flaunts it in front of her husband. The story then reveals that she had promised not to do this, implying that she had committed infidelity several times before.

Though neither story reveals their exact age, it could be inferred that both women come from similar demographic categories....

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