How Is The Short Happy Life Of Francis Macomber

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Set on an African Safari in the early 1900s, Ernest Hemingway’s “The Short Happy Life of Francis Macomber” tells the story of a young man and wife, Francis and Margot Macomber, and their English guide, Robert Wilson, on a hunting trip gone awry. This essay will show how Hemingway’s character tied into the story itself.
Francis Macomber is described as “very tall, very well built... and considered handsome” (Hemingway). He and his wife, Margot, clearly do not have a very healthy relationship, and on various occasions she flirts heavily with Wilson. This story is quite ironic, as in the title it says Francis Macomber’s life was “happy,” though throughout the story you can see that it very much isn’t. He seems to be miserable in his relationship with his wife but as later on stated, “Margot was too beautiful for Macomber to divorce, and Macomber had too much money for Margot to ever leave him” (Hemingway). On the topic of irony, it can also be seen as ironic when he is
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Macomber felt utter disgust for Wilson. Every time Wilson spoke, Macomber threw back daggers for words. It annoyed Wilson, for he was unphased by the fact that Macomber knew Wilson had been with his wife. He ignored Macomber’s harsh words so they could go hunting for the buffalo. As they drove out, Macomber spotted three large buffalo. Wilson told him, “We’ll cut them off before they get to the swamp.” They both got their guns ready, where Macomber almost began to shoot from his position in the car before being shouted at by Wilson. They jumped out of the vehicle as it came to a bolting stop, aimed, and began shooting. Macomber struck the first one down, and with the help of Wilson, eventually the other two. Margot was awe-struck, telling Macomber how “marvelous” he had done. “Macomber felt a wild unreasonable happiness that he had never known before” (Hemingway). Meaning, Macomber felt as though he had restored his
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