The Short Happy Life of Francis Macomber by Ernest Hemingway Essay

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The Short Happy Life of Francis Macomber by Ernest Hemingway

"Death is not the biggest fear we have; our biggest fear is taking the risk to be alive." Yet death is something that is inevitable, and for some shortcoming. In Ernest Hemingway's "The Short Happy Life of Francis Macomber," Francis Macomber deals with the humiliation of being a coward and the constant battle for a "little boy" to come of age. Hemingway explores the theme of death through metaphors and influential symbols, ironically portraying the struggle to live with fear and the hunt for a "happy" life.
Francis Macomber has to deal with fear of death through his experiences on an African safari with the "white hunter," Robert Wilson. Margot, Macomber's sneering but …show more content…

In order to overcome something as substantial as the fear of death, Macomber needs to confront it and conquer it. In "Ernest Hemingway," Edmund Wilson perfectly realizes, " . . . the male must save his soul even at the last possible moment." Even in death, there is an opportunity to live and to salvage something that nobody can take from you.
Even after the miserable start to the trip, Macomber still is dealing with the restlessness and the shame from the lion. Hemingway describes "but more than shame he felt cold, hollow fear in him" (11). Hemingway uses metaphor to compare fear to the coldness of a "hollow." Ironically the name Francis is known to be a weak and cowardly name, which seems to be a perfect fit for Macomber. In Short Story Criticism, they comment sarcastically about the manner Margot is perceiving her husband: "As we all know, good wives admire nothing in a husband except his capacity to deal with lions, so we can sympathize with the poor women in her trouble." Francis knows with certainty that as long as he possesses this fear his wife possesses a controlling power over him.
Immediately upon returning to the vehicle Margot kisses the "beautiful red faced Mr. Wilson" on the mouth in front of her husband. This is a way of displaying her disappointment in her husband's cowardice and her approval and respect for Mr. Wilson's bravery.

Hemingway uses prominent images to describe the

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