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The Short Happy Life of Francis Macomber

What Wilson means by a four-letter man is a college athlete who goes out for many different sports. At the upper-class Ivy League colleges like Harvard and Yale, it was common for athletes to wear...

Latest answer posted March 27, 2012, 1:40 am (UTC)

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The Short Happy Life of Francis Macomber

The short answer to what makes Macomber's life short but happy is: Well, it wasn't. It was short because he died young but it was not happy. Hemingway is employing verbal irony in a story with...

Latest answer posted January 28, 2010, 12:40 am (UTC)

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The Short Happy Life of Francis Macomber

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...

Latest answer posted February 20, 2016, 7:00 pm (UTC)

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The Short Happy Life of Francis Macomber

Though your question is vague, the most common question about Heminway's story is how does Macomber change. The answer is quite simple: he becomes the ideal Hemingway male. That is he develops...

Latest answer posted April 26, 2007, 3:48 am (UTC)

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Wilson, like most human beings, has a personality that is a mixture of good and bad, to put it simply. By the standards of our time regarding gender issues, he doesn't come off very well. Though we...

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The Short Happy Life of Francis Macomber

In his shorter stories, Ernest Hemingway tends to write from a third-person perspective that may be technically omniscient but in fact comments only on what can be seen on the surface. If Hemingway...

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There is at least one other point of view from which part of the story is told. That is the point of view of the lion. Hemingway devotes an entire long paragraph to describing what the lion sees...

Latest answer posted June 10, 2012, 5:51 pm (UTC)

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The Short Happy Life of Francis Macomber

Hemingway’s “The Short Happy Life of Francis Macomber” is intentionally vague and interpretations will vary. I do, however, believe a clear case could be made for the following: Francis Macomber,...

Latest answer posted August 2, 2018, 12:35 am (UTC)

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"In media res" is Latin meaning "in the middle/midst of things." In literature, stories which begin in the middle of something, rather than in the beginning, are referred to as beginning in media...

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In this famous short story Hemingway presents a triangle of two men and a woman, in which the conflicts among the participants are as crucial as their romantic or sexual attraction for one...

Latest answer posted April 20, 2018, 1:43 am (UTC)

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The Short Happy Life of Francis Macomber

The whole point of the story comes down to this last page. The question is, "Does Margot kill Francis on purpose, or is it, as she says, an accident?" In order to decide on the impact, you have...

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The Short Happy Life of Francis Macomber

In Ernest Hemingway’s “The Short Happy Life of Francis Macomber,” Robert Wilson---the English, professional, hunting guide---always gets his prey. Hemingway uses Wilson to represent the kind of...

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The Short Happy Life of Francis Macomber

Modernism does not introduce new themes into literature, instead it treats the old themes in a new way. "The Short Happy Life of Francis Macomber" is about courage, the relationships between men...

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The Short Happy Life of Francis Macomber

You could say Ernest Hemingway’s attitude towards women in his short stories is that they’re rather combative. Women and men seem to be frequently at odds or experiencing some level of tension. The...

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The Short Happy Life of Francis Macomber

Ernest Hemingway was a “man’s man.” He enjoyed every kind of masculine activity available, even bull fighting. Basing his story “The Short Happy Life of Francis Macomber” on his personal...

Latest answer posted August 21, 2013, 2:17 am (UTC)

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The Short Happy Life of Francis Macomber

Francis Macomber is obviously afraid of the lion. He doesn't want to get out of the safety of the steel body of the car and expose himself to being charged. But he makes one of his many mistakes in...

Latest answer posted April 28, 2016, 5:54 pm (UTC)

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The Short Happy Life of Francis Macomber

Hemingway's story revolves around stereotypical ideas of masculinity that show how destructive it is to a man not to live up to his society's ideals of courage and stoicism. Francis Macomber is a...

Latest answer posted October 6, 2020, 2:48 pm (UTC)

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The Short Happy Life of Francis Macomber

This final line by Wilson does seem to be his attempt to put the predatory (or assertive) Margot in a subservient place and thus it is a "put-down." One could also call this move by Wilson as a...

Latest answer posted August 21, 2013, 6:27 pm (UTC)

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The Short Happy Life of Francis Macomber

In Ernest Hemingway’s story “The Short Happy Life of Francis Macomber,” Robert Wilson is the professional hunter who assists Francis and Margot Macomber on their safari in Africa. Most of the...

Latest answer posted October 7, 2011, 6:32 am (UTC)

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The Short Happy Life of Francis Macomber

The protagonist is the husband, the title character of the story. The main antagonist is the wife in the story. The story is built around the conflict between those two characters. You might see...

Latest answer posted November 18, 2009, 1:55 am (UTC)

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The Short Happy Life of Francis Macomber

There are several significant plot moments in the story. One is Macomber fleeing from the wounded lion. This creates the conflicts of Macomber vs. his wife and Macomber vs. his own cowardice. His...

Latest answer posted September 29, 2009, 10:26 pm (UTC)

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The Short Happy Life of Francis Macomber

Tthe Short, Happy Life of Francis Macomber" is the best illustration of "grace under pressure." At the beginning of the story Macomber is somewhat of a whimp. He freezes when...

Latest answer posted October 31, 2008, 1:09 am (UTC)

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The Short Happy Life of Francis Macomber

Neither Francis nor Wilson come across as very admirable men. While Wilson's moral code may make him a steadfast fellow in the face of danger and a hunting guide who would never chit chat at the...

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The Short Happy Life of Francis Macomber

Ernest Hemingway's novelette, The Short Happy Life of Francis Macomber, was first published in the combined issue of Hearst's International and Cosmopolitan (later Cosmopolitan Magazine) in...

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The Short Happy Life of Francis Macomber

The full paragraph: Wilson had ducked to one side to get in a shoulder shot. Macomber had stood solid and shot for the nose, shooting a touch high each time and hitting the heavy horns,...

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The Short Happy Life of Francis Macomber

The line "I wouldn't turn him over" is Hemmingway's way of hinting at a gory shot which killed Francis Macomber. Aside from that quote, let's talk about the ending of the novel. It's a very odd...

Latest answer posted August 19, 2013, 3:29 pm (UTC)

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The Short Happy Life of Francis Macomber

A fine question. Yes, I definitely think there is a relation between the two. The lion is wounded and in pain, and everyone knows it. It tries to hide its pain, but can't. It comes out all the...

Latest answer posted May 10, 2007, 3:21 am (UTC)

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The Short Happy Life of Francis Macomber

"A Good Man is Hard to Find" by Flannery O'Connor contains a much deeper sense of evil than "The Short Happy Life of Francis Macomber." Although both short stories address the topic of murder,...

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The Short Happy Life of Francis Macomber

A swale is a moist depression in an area of land, often between two ridges. Because a swale collects surface water, it often contains marsh-like vegetation. The word "swale" is used twice in "The...

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The Short Happy Life of Francis Macomber

It relates most directly to Francis. He has lived most of his life as a coward. He might be rich, but he never knew bravado and fearlessness like Wilson. This is one reason it is revealed that...

Latest answer posted November 16, 2007, 8:55 am (UTC)

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The Short Happy Life of Francis Macomber

The narrator notes that Margot "shot at the buffalo" which indicates that she was aiming for the animal; not Francis. . . . and Mrs. Macomber, in the car, had shot at the buffalo with the 6.5...

Latest answer posted August 20, 2013, 6:18 pm (UTC)

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The Short Happy Life of Francis Macomber

In specific relation to this story, Hemingway was a huge adventurer going on several "big game" safaris in Africa. He would have been very accurately acquainted with the types of characters he...

Latest answer posted October 19, 2010, 12:37 pm (UTC)

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The Short Happy Life of Francis Macomber

The famous short story "The Short Happy Life of Francis Macomber" by Ernest Hemingway tells of a couple, Francis and Margot Macomber, on a safari in Africa, along with a guide named Robert Wilson....

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The Short Happy Life of Francis Macomber

Francis Macomber and his wife, Margaret (Margot), are in Africa on safari. Their hunting guide is Robert Wilson. The story opens shortly after Francis had been exposed as a coward while hunting a...

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The Short Happy Life of Francis Macomber

It seems unlikely that Macomber would ever have a genuine reconciliation with Margot, if he had survived. First of all, we have Wilson's observations (the reader's proverbial guide) of how...

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The Short Happy Life of Francis Macomber

Margaret, or Margot, Macomber is a kept woman. She doesn't love her husband; indeed, she doesn't even respect him. But she enjoys the opulent lifestyle that comes with being married to a rich man....

Latest answer posted December 2, 2017, 6:25 pm (UTC)

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The Short Happy Life of Francis Macomber

Wilson is, of course, referring to the protagonist, Francis Macomber. Wilson is observing how Francis is being bullied and manipulated by his wife, Margot. Francis, a rich American traveling...

Latest answer posted January 24, 2008, 10:13 pm (UTC)

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The Short Happy Life of Francis Macomber

This passage follows Macomber's attempts to reach out to his wife. Given that she ignores his embrace (holding hands) and instead kisses Wilson seems to indicate that she has rejected Francis and...

Latest answer posted August 19, 2013, 5:05 pm (UTC)

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