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The Short Happy Life of Francis Macomber

In the quote "So he's a bloody four-letter man as well as a bloody coward, he thought," what is the four-letter word...

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

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

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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How does the character of Francis Macomber change from beginning to end?

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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The Short Happy Life of Francis Macomber

What is the thesis in "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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What makes Macomber's life short but happy?  

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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What are some of the characteristics of Robert Wilson from the story "The Short Happy Life of Francis...

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...

Latest answer posted August 4, 2018 3:19 am UTC

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Explain what impact the controversy between the accidental and purpose killing of Francis Macomber has on the story.

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...

Latest answer posted October 26, 2010 7:52 am UTC

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What is the point of view in "The Short Happy Life of Francis McComber"? Who talks to the reader?

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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In "The Short Happy Life of Francis Macomber" and "Hills Like White Elephants", how is...

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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What exactly are the terms of Wilson's narrow outlook in "The Short Happy LIfe of Francis Macomber" by Ernest...

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...

Latest answer posted August 22, 2013 4:38 pm UTC

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Who is the protagonist and the antagonist in this piece?

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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How does the writer use conflict to advance his message in “The Short Happy Life of Francis Macomber”?

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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Why does Ernest Hemingway write in a third-person omniscient point of view in "The Short Happy Life of Francis...

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...

Latest answer posted September 23, 2020 11:34 pm UTC

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What are the most significant moments in "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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What examples are provided to justify the argument that Wilson overestimates Macomber's knowledge of an African...

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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What does "in medias res" mean (as applied to Ernest Hemingway's "The Short Happy Life of Francis Macomber"?

"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...

Latest answer posted October 14, 2013 9:18 pm UTC

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How does the title relate to each of the characters?

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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Why does Wilson say "You don't shoot them from cars"?

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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What is the most important theme, and how does the lion enhance and highlight the theme?

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....

Latest answer posted October 20, 2019 7:56 pm UTC

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What is the attitude of Hemingway in the portrayal of woman character in short stories? Could you please substantiate...

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...

Latest answer posted September 26, 2020 4:16 pm UTC

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Do the story’s final lines (“Please is much better. Now I’ll stop.”) seem to you a satisfying put-down of a predatory...

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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In Hemingway’s short story "The Short Happy Life of Francis Macomber," how does the theme of survival in the...

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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How would you describe the story shortly?

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...

Latest answer posted October 26, 2009 4:40 am UTC

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In Ernest Hemingway's "The Short Happy Life of Francis Macomber," is Wilson really what he claims to be or is he...

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" by Ernest Hemingway reveal men with private moral codes that differ from...

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...

Latest answer posted August 14, 2013 4:16 am UTC

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The conclusion of the story begins with the dialogue: "I wouldn't turn him over." What is the meaning of this ending?

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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Is there any symbolism in the lion that was roaring in the bush that was killed by the two men and the dying marriage...

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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Wilson says that some people are little boys forever and they never become men. What descriptions of these men does...

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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Critically analyze the theme of masculinity as portrayed in Hemingway's short story "The Short and Happy Life of...

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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Which character was generally accepted as the guide to interpretations of the story's tragic ending in "The Short...

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 following passage follows the demonstration of Macomber's cowardice in the face of the lion. Make a list of...

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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The Short Happy Life of Francis Macomber

Which story contains a deeper sense of evil: "The Short Happy Life of Francis Macomber" by Ernest Hemingway or "A...

"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,...

Latest answer posted August 14, 2013 3:44 am UTC

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Do you agree with some critic's remarks that the story's unequivocal announcement that she shot at the buffalo has to...

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,...

Latest answer posted August 20, 2013 8:37 pm UTC

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What was Margaret Macomber's profession?  

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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In what city was The Short Happy Life of Francis Macomber published and when?

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...

Latest answer posted December 29, 2009 1:46 am UTC

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Explain what a "swale" is. What's the definition, and how is this word used in "The Short Happy Life of Francis...

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...

Latest answer posted June 10, 2019 7:44 pm UTC

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Do you agree with the critics that after the buffalo episode, Macomber might be ready for a genuine reconciliation...

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...

Latest answer posted August 20, 2013 6:45 pm UTC

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