In The Short Happy Life of Francis Macomber, what does Wilson have against Americans?

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Wilson, much like Hemingway himself, greatly values masculinity and a masculine identity, and he places great stock in the idea that one must ‘become a man’ by letting go of fear.

Wilson views American men as unmanly. He suggests that American men have “adolescent” faces, and “boyish” figures, and later in the story it is made explicit that Wilson sees this as a manifestation of their failure to become men: either for a long time, or forever (“sometimes [they remain boys] all their lives”).

It’s important to realize that Wilson is familiar with a very specific type of American man: one that is both wealthy enough to go on safari, and who has the...

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