What is the thesis in "The Short Happy Life of Francis Macomber"?

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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, despite having been killed, ends up the happiest out of all of the characters, because he experienced a personal transformation that Wilson and Mrs. Macomber likely never will.

Macomber felt a wild unreasonable happiness that he had never known before. "By God, that was a chase," he said. "I’ve never felt any such feeling. Wasn’t it marvellous, Margot?"

"I hated it." "Why?" "I hated it," she said bitterly. "I loathed it."

"You know I don’t think I’d ever be afraid of anything again," Macomber said to Wilson . . . [His] face was shining. "You know...

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