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In Ernest Hemingways The Short Happy Life of Francis Macomber the true character which is fit to qualify as the code hero is Francis Macomber It is not obvious at first considering that in the story Francis is portrayed as a cowardly fearful man as opposed to the manly and brave Wilson who seems the perfect character to be the code hero With the lion hunting incident at the opening of the story Francis cowards off from the lions roar alone running to safety in front of his wife which defies the code by not having acceptable behavior in facing death while Wilson goes in to face the lion and kills him bravely Yet where the theme of the story is concerned Francis faces a bigger challenge than Wilson can ever imagine Francis is a cowardly man not physically but mainly mentally He lacks self esteem and belief in his own self which leads to people stepping all over him like his wife does His wife openly cheats on Francis only because she is convinced that he is too much afraid if she left him he cant be wanted by another woman Francis behavior towards her is the root of her observation he is convinced that he is less than what he is and she underestimates him just the same Wilson is a tough man who bravely earns a living by hunting wild safari animals for rich men who come for hobby and to impress their wives He is not facing an inner turmoil like Francis just physical ones that he knows he can handle He has much esteem he is positive that he can overcome any challenge that his job brings For his own hobby he pleasures the wives of the rich men he works forIn the storys climax Francis proves to be the character Hemingway uses to fulfill his code hero Francis seems not to fit the code in the beginning of the
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