The short happy life of Francis Macomber
The short happy life of Francis Macomber by Ernest Hemmingway is a short story taking place in Africa savannah, where Mr and Mrs Macomber have come on a hunting trip, led by a man named Robert Wilson. The hunting trip ends in a tragedy, where Mr Macomber finally mans up before shooting a buffalo, he himself is shot by his wife. The short story was published in the September 1936 issue of Cosmopolitan magazine, Later it was among the collection of stories in Hemmingway’s The Fifth Column and the first Forty-Nine stories. Ernest Hemmingway is one of the most famous American writers in the twentieth century. His lifestyle and short, powerful prose has inspired many.
The short story opens with Francis Macomber, his wife, Margaret and Robert Wilson preparing for lunch at their camp in Africa “pretending that nothing had happened”. (P. 1 L. 2) This opening scene creates a sense of mystery and uncertainty, as to what happened, why they are pretending it had not happened and that his life might not be has happy as the title suggest. This is also making the readers want to read more. We also think in the beginning, that Francis Macomber is some sort of hero when he had "been carried to his tent from the edge of camp in triumph”, (P. 1 L.15) but reading on there is a lot of things showing that there is more to it, like when his wife did not speak to him when she enters the tent, the fact that “the gun-bearers had taken no part in the demonstration”, (P. 1. L. 17) and that he "had just shown himself, very publicly, to be a coward" (P. 2. L. 25) shows that something isn’t right and the heroic picture of Francis Macomber crumbles. By starting the story out of chronological order, it gives the readers a better idea of all the character’s responses to the shooting, and this helps us understand their reaction later on. It also shows the characters’ feelings, and why they are feeling, exactly what they are feeling, so a picture of...
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