The Short Happy Life Of Francis Macomber By Ernest Hemingway

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Nobody truly wants to live alone in their lives, and many pursue marriage to secure those means. The problem is that the relationship requires more than simply two people coming together. Ultimately they bring out the darker parts of their nature and the insecurities they hide within. The short story “The Short Happy Life of Francis Macomber” by Ernest Hemingway depicts the struggles between people caused by their weaknesses, yet are built upon the inner workings of gender roles, and how losing their fears could have let them break away from their cycle. The story starts with the wife, Margot Macomber, trying to join the men, Francis and Wilson, in conversation but they both quickly kick her from her wants in the discussion. She leaves in…show more content…
Her only means of “empowering” herself is by sleeping with Wilson. When she comes that night back he says to her “‘you think that I 'll take anything’ ‘I know you will, sweet” (12) because she feels that she can at least have power because of his weakness. She knows that she can’t get even by doing her acts in plain sight because that would be disrupting the calm, complacency of a wife’s place. She was smart enough to know that she won’t be mistreated without at least standing up for herself. The story seems to make it clear that American Females have cruelty and that is why men take a domineering role to ensure they remain “respectful”. Wilson represents this sort of manly and domineering personality. He makes sure that he owns the situation when he says to Margot “‘I say, you wouldn’t like to drop my beauty as a topic, would you?’” and she says “‘I’ve just started it’” and just coyly responds with “‘Let’s chuck it’” (2). With just that being said it isn’t overly disrespectful if he truly didn’t want to talk about his “beauty”, but she complains about how conversation was difficult and he merely replies saying “‘No difficulty, got a damn fine lion’”. She made it clear that she wasn’t eager to talk about the “damn fine lion”, but he doesn’t care nor does he care if she doesn’t get to talk because that’s not what the men were talking about. Wilson also gets annoyed when Margot cries about being excluded from their conversation and Wilson tells Francis
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