That night, Macomber is haunted by memories of the lion hunt as he relives it in his mind. Synopsis[ edit ] "The Short Happy Life of Francis Macomber" is a third person omniscient narrative with moments of unreliable interior monologue presented mainly through the points of view of the two leading, male characters, Francis Macomber and Robert Wilson.
Finally, Macomber lies dead, mirroring the posture of the buffalo he has shot. Hemingway is very careful with these details so that he can fully explore the depths to which Macomber has sunk. Consider who is stalking whom in this story.
Macomber now feels confident. When Macomber says that he will never be afraid of anything again, he tells Wilson that something happened after they first saw the buffalo. In a flashback, the reader realizes that Macomber and his beautiful wife, Margot, are wealthy Americans, and that this jaunt is their first safari — and that Macomber, when faced with his first lion, bolted and fled, earning the contempt of his wife.
Next day, as she observes Francis gaining a measure of courage as he engages in a standoff with a charging water buffalo, she realizes that if Francis continues to prove himself strong and willful and courageous, he might leave her and rid himself forever of her sharp-tongued ridicule.
He senses a shift in her viewpoint toward her husband. In both cases, Wilson and Macomber and the gunbearers are expected to go in and finish off the wounded animal. We must remember that Wilson, although he has his own strict code of behavior for safaris and hunting and for his personal conduct, does not adhere to the laws of society.
Hemingway admired men who were outsiders, who defied conventional morality and the so-called rules of society. After Margot returns from having sex with Wilson, readers learn about the basis for her marriage to Francis.
If the shot is accidental, the moment actually becomes quite tender, as well as tragic. Macomber, however, is confident this time, courageous. Most contemptuous is Margot Macomber, who witnessed the entire scene from her place in the car.
Macomber has passed and excelled at his initiation into manhood, into the world of courage. Francis runs away from a lion, which is what most sensible men would do if faced by a lion, and his wife promptly cuckolds him with the English manager of their big-game hunting expedition.
Macomber both hates and needs Wilson in spite of this. Hemingway offers his perspective on happiness here: After having listened to the lion roar and cough all night, Macomber is unnerved the next morning, even before they start out for the hunt. The next thing he knew he was running; running wildly, in panic in the open, running toward the stream.
However, members of the safari are acting as though "nothing had happened. Thus Wilson knows that, somehow, he must regain the upper hand over Margo. Francis Macomber even admits that he feels "beaten," defeated by this sexual safari, because when Wilson explains that he always gives the natives lashes rather than fine them, Macomber adds that "We all take a beating every day.
As their conversation ends, Wilson suggests that Macomber might make up his failure with the lion when they hunt buffalo the next morning. Francis Macomber is on an African safari; Macomber is thirty-five years old, a trim, fit man who holds a number of big-game fishing records.
As they await the gun bearers, who are skinning the lion, Macomber attempts to take her hand, but she draws it away. Macomber does not want to pursue the lion into the dangerous bush, and even suggests that they simply leave him.
It is very similar to the eland antelope. There is an unresolved debate as to whether she murdered Macomber or accidentally killed him. Macomber has progressed from a timid rabbit drinking juice, to a hunter, downing more masculine hard liquor. Francis and his wife, Margot, are on a big-game safari in generalized Africa.
When Macomber discovers that they will have to confront the wounded lion, which is extremely dangerous, Macomber offers all kinds of excuses for not participating in the hunt. In The Lonely Voice: Instead of fear, he has a feeling of elation. He wants — and needs — the adrenaline rush of danger.
It was, he says, "like a dam bursting.
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Gloom is in the air but everyone is "pretending that nothing had happened" (). Hemingway's Short Stories Ernest Hemingway. SHARE! Home; Literature Notes; Analysis. In the first part of this story, readers hear all sorts of things that have meaning only later in the story. The short, happy life of Francis Macomber begins with his standing solid and shooting for the water buffalo's nose and the heavy horns.
Short Stories of Ernest Hemingway Summary and Analysis of "The Short Happy Life of Francis Macomber" Buy Study Guide Hemingway introduces the three principal characters, Francis Macomber, his wife Margot, and their safari guide Richard Wilson, over cocktails in the afternoon on the African plain following a morning of hunting.
1 The Short Happy Life of Francis Macomber by Ernest Hemingway It was now lunch time and they were all sitting under the double green fly of the dining tent pretending that nothing had happened.Download