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The Intentional Death of Francis MacomberErnest Hemingway has created a masterpiece of mystery in his story The Short Happy Life of Francis Macomber 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 The mystery is whether or not this killing was truly accidental or intentional If it was to be considered intentional there would certainly have to be evidence in the story suggesting such with a clear motive as well What makes this mystery unique is that Hemingway gives the reader numerous instances that would lead the reader to devise an acceptable motive yet human nature tells the reader that this killing could not have been intentional From a purely objective analysis of the story the reader would see far more evidence supporting the theory of an intentional killing rather than an accidental one The clues supporting the idea that Margaret killed Francis intentionally can best be seen when observing and studying the background information on both Francis Macomber and Margaret herself The marriage between the two is summarized in the statement Margot was too beautiful for Macomber to divorce her and Macomber had too much money for Margot ever to leave him Hemingway 1402 Both were dependent on each other which is what made the relationship strong What is also important is that Margot and Francis have very different personalities Margot is a very controlling person Her marriage and relationship with Francis Macomber is dependent on this fact Margot must have complete control over her husband in order to keep the relationship at an equilibrium Francis needs Margot because as Margot herself has accurately observed he could not find another wife if Margot were to leave him This is
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