The mystery does not reveal itself to the reader until the end of the story, yet it leaves a lot to the imagination. At the end of the story Margaret Macomber kills her husband by accident, in order to save him from being mauled by a large Buffalo while on a safari in Africa.
February 22, by Stan Trybulski 2 Comments The tragic shooting under murky circumstances of Reeva Steenkamp, the beautiful girlfriend of Olympic runner Oscar Pistorius, brings to mind another famous shooting that also bore claims of both accident and murder: When one thinks of Ernest Hemingway, one rarely, if ever, thinks of him as a mystery writer.
Hem eschewed genre fiction, at least as a writer, although he was a great lover of the hardboiled detective story and enjoyed reading Dashiell Hammett, Raymond Chandler and the Black Mask mystery magazine. Yet Hem wrote one the best mystery short stories ever written; a story in which the killing takes place at the very end of the plot instead of the beginning.
He spent his mornings locked away in his writing room in the house on Whitehead Street in Key West, getting rid of things by writing. And as in all Hemingway stories, the dramatis personae are few in number. The essential facts of the case are as follows: Francis Macomber, an unhappy member of the idle rich has brought his unfaithful wife of eleven years, Margot, on an African safari in hopes that the trip will repair their marriage.
They have engaged professional hunter Wilson to guide them. While hunting a lion, a nervous Macomber only wounds the beast and he and Wilson must go into the bush and finish the wounded animal off. Macomber is afraid and when the lion suddenly springs up out of the grass, he panics and runs, saved only by a quick shot by Wilson.
The next morning Macomber is angry with both his wife and Wilson, but all three go off to hunt water buffalo. A change overcomes Macomber, perhaps a reaction from the shame of the previous day, perhaps from the rage he feels within him.
His fear dissipates and he shoots three of the buffalo. One of the buffalo, a large bull, is wounded and highly dangerous but Macomber, no longer afraid, is anxious to finish the job.
Leaving Margot in the car with one of the rifles, a Mannlicher 6. When the wounded bull suddenly springs out of the bush to charge Macomber he stands his ground and aims for the kill but never gets the shot off because 9.
Until now, analysis of the case has centered on the motivation of Mrs. Did she accidently shoot her husband in a sudden, desperate attempt to save his life, as the narrator of the story states? Philip Young, the chief prosecutor of this theory, once remarked?
The morning after her moonlight coupling with Wilson, she and her husband have a row over breakfast and her husband tells her that he knows she will never leave him.
She admits this and then tells him to behave himself, which further infuriates Macomber.The Short Happy Life of Francis Macomber Introduction Critics seem to agree that "The Short Happy Life of Francis Macomber" is one of Ernest Hemingway 's best short stories. That's nothing to sniff at for an author who wrote a lot of really good shorts.
In fact, none of the characters of "The Short Happy Life of Francis Macomber" is without flaw. No character shows much understanding of self, although Macomber moves in that direction, and Margot's "accidental" killing of Francis may reflect the complexity of her own transformation.
The Short Happy Life Of Francis Macomber by Ernest Hemingway, The magic trick: Taking us inside each man’s mind to give us a clear understanding of their manliest man contest The first thing most modern readers will likely notice here is the absurd gender politics at . 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.
THE SHORT HAPPY LIFE OF FRANCIS MACOMBER "How is the beautiful red-faced Mr.
Wilson? Are you feeling better, Francis, my pearl?" "Oh, much," said Macomber. "I've dropped the whole thing," . «The Short Happy Life of Francis Macomber» is an African short story by Hemingway, an excellent one about lion hunting, about cowardice, courage and domestic conflict, all /5(95).