ERNEST HEMINGWAY. The Short Happy Life of Francis Macomber. 5. “Here’s to the lion,” he said. “I can’t ever thank you for what you did.” able wash basin. The Ernest Hemingway short story The Short Happy Life of Francis Macomber examines these questions within the scope of a few days in a disastrous African. Hemingway introduces the three principal characters, Francis Macomber, his wife Margot, and their safari guide Richard Wilson, over cocktails.

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When the cowardly husband, whose wife made her way from Wilson’s tent hours before, finds the courage to face the charging buffalo, [2] he forges the identity he wants: Mcomber three cape buffalo thunder towards the hunters Critics who argue for Margot’s innocence are especially likely to question this positive view of Wilson.

They went in and the lion Book review Summary: I think he writes beautifully in novel form, but his short stories have all left me feeling unsatisfied. National Council of Teachers of English.

In his point of view, she now fears her husband’s growing confidence. I would not particularly recommend this one, but I would really like to get an idea of alternative or additional perspectives. Jun 27, Christie Ann rated it liked it. Her spoken dialogue is often minimized by both Macomber and Wilson. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account.

Hemingway had permanent residences in Key West, Florida, and Cuba during the s and s, but in he moved from Cuba to Ketchum, Idaho, where he committed suicide in the summer of While superficially this is a story about hunting and killing animals just for the fun of it, it is a lot more than that. How it is ended—purposely or accidentally—is left inconclusive. How much quality content can one piece together in 33 pages? At first it appears Macomber has been the hero of a recent lion kill, but through the sparse banter between the three principals it becomes evident he had in fact embarrassed himself.


Sadness that the main character was part of a loveless marriage, that he felt such need to prove himself, that he was unable to do so. But that’s not the equation Hemingway is putting forward here.

Abject cowardice, intrigue, raw lust and sex. Unfortunately, our editorial approach may not be able to accommodate all contributions. His minimal amount of words to portray emotions and such vividness between the lines gradually captivated me. I have saved each book individually on Goodreads, as I am unable to find the entire book on the site.

This is a short story, but I’m counting it in my reading challenge because I also read Hills Like White Elephants and Indian Camp, and because I suffered through enough Hemingway that I deserve to count it. It is through Wilson’s words that Margot’s intentions are questioned, notably when he asks after the shooting “Why didn’t you poison him? The entire point of the trip was unpleasant to me, though I realize I am looking at it thru the lens of The feeling this story was painting shifted throughout and ended up somewhere completely different than where I thought it would be.

Refresh and try again. We can know this that she was anxious when Francis was approaching to lion not like before. Views Read Edit View history.

The Short Happy Life of Francis Macomber

I wish goodreads allowed half reviews, because I would give this 2. Short story, brief fictional prose narrative that is shorter than a novel and that usually deals with only a few characters.

Her pride was so high so she thought removing him is better than getting discarded from him. Unfortunately Francis shot the lion twice and missed the last shot.


We welcome suggested improvements to any of our articles. I decided I won’t read any more after this one, since they always leave me feeling like it had been a waste of my time.

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He even provides a double cot in his tent in order to provide better service. Francis is a coward who is afraid of hunting lion and also to his wife. However, Francis is more ‘cowardly’ than he or his wife would like him to be, and this poses a lot of trouble, especially in the presence of their safari guide. Which may be called wisdom or cynicism, depending on whether you share that shoft.

Robert dhort the lion. She said she went to get a fresh breath of air, but Francis knew frzncis she was lying. The True Gen documentary Papa: Baker believes Wilson symbolizes the man free of woman because he refuses to allow Margot to dominate him or of fear; the man Macomber wishes to be.

The couple moved to Paris, where he worked as a foreign correspondent, and fell under the influence of the modernist writers and artists of the s “Lost Generation” expatriate community.

It was now lunch time and they were all sitting under the double green fly of the dining tent pretending that nothing had happened. She suddenly recognized that Francis is getting braver, enough to zhort Margot.

Short stories often seem to paint a picture of a feeling more than they tell a concrete story. Any text you add should be original, not copied from other sources.