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THE SHORT HAPPY LIFE OF FRANCIS MACOMBER

Francis Macomber, his wife Margaret and Robert Wilson. These are three main characters of the story. But who is the main angle of this triangle? Let me say, that this is Margaret. So…

Francis and Margaret have been married for 11 years. Probably they loved each when decided to marry each other. Mr. Macomber is a very handsome gentleman. He is rich. These two qualities have brought him sympathy and love of many women. So it has become natural for him to two-time. His wife has kept apace with him and had other men. And this couple appears in Africa, because Francis wants to hunt.

Here Francis and Margaret meet Wilson, a professional hunter. During the hunting Mrs. Macomber realizes that her husband is a real coward. One night she decides to cheat on her husband with Robert. She comes to her husband very late. He is really angry and irritated, but Margaret understands he would never leave her because of his cowardice and irresolution.

The next hunting changes the situation. Francis regenerates. He is not a coward already. And Margaret compares him and Robert. Wilson hasn't changed while Francis has become more decisive.

And the climax of this drama is the duel of Macomber and the buffalo. At the critical moment Margaret shoots… The buffalo is dead, but it doesn't matter. Francis lies on the ground. He is also dead. But why? Margaret has shot him. What were the reasons? Maybe she was afraid of losing her husband. That's why she decided to kill him not to let him go away. On the other hand she could feel that she still loved Francis and had an appetence to him. And in this case she wanted to defend him. I think that at the moment of the shot there are two main reasons in her head: to kill and to defend. In any case what she has done has been done unconsciously. 

And what do we have now? Margaret has destroyed the triangle (she – Francis – Robert) and ruined her life. That`s why she is the main angle. We can`t say that her life was happy, but it was stable. She's lost her husband, and she won't stay with Wilson. So, she is alone. You know, I pity her.

Sometimes the main problem is that a person does not know what he/she wants in this world.

(by Seagull)



In the story "The Short Happy Life of Francis Macomber” by Ernest Hemingway, there are three main characters that the story of an African safari goes around.They are
Francis Macomber, Margaret (Francis’s wife), and Wilson (the professional hunter). The main problem is: the couple don't love each other. That's why they've decided to mahe this trip and to think everything over. But during the trip Margaret is unfaithful to her husband. She falls in love with the hunter.
let's also speak a little bit about Francis Macomber. At first he seems to be a coward, weak and without any will. But then he collects himself and even starts to enjoy the safari. But his enjoyment didn't last for long. He was shot by his wife. It isn't written in the text whether it was an occasion but I tend to think that his wife has done it on purpose. She was very selfish. And when she saw her husband's power she became afraid of it, of being unable to manipulate him any more. Frankly speaking, she is an emotional abuser.
Although Francis had his life put to an end, he died happily in the heat of bravery without any fear of death. Wilson guided Francis to this belief and he teaches it to him when he says, "By my troth, I care not; a man can die but once; we owe God a death and let it go which way it will he that dies this year is quit for the next”. 

(by Asya)


Francis Macomber and his wife Margaret are on a big safari in Africa, guided by professional hunter Robert Wilson. Earlier, Francis had panicked when a wounded lion charged him. His wife mocks Macomber for this act of cowardice, and it is also implied that she sleeps with Wilson.

The next day they hunt buffalo. Macomber joins Wilson in killing two of them and no longer feels afraid. The first buffalo was only wounded and has gone into the bush. Wilson and Macomber proceed to track the wounded animal. When they find the buffalo, it charges Macomber while he stands his ground and fires at it. Macomber improves his aim and kills the buffalo at the last minute, while Margaret fires a shot from the car. Her shot misses the buffalo and kills Macomber. But Wilson implies that she killed him on purpose.

Many critics believe that Wilson symbolizes the man free of woman because he just refuses to allow Margaret to dominate him; the man Macomber wishes to be like him. Wilson understands, as he blasts the lion dead, that Margaret is a woman who needs to be dominated.Perhaps this woman can be called the "villain” of the story. She characterizes a female who is both "betrayer and murderer”; and the author emphasizes it greatly.

(by Luck)


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