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The Murder of Francis Macomber In the story The Short Happy Life of Francis Macomber by Ernest Hemingway one of the most shocking moments occurs when Mrs Macomber shoots her husband Francis Hemingway leaves the reader to answer the crucial question of whether or not it was intentional Throughout the story the Macombers have a turbulent relationship Their relationship seems to be a power struggle each one has a hold on the other that they believe or want to be stronger than the others hold The narrator suggests this on page18 of the story by writing Margot was too beautiful for Macomber to leave her and Macomber had too much money for Margot to ever leave him This is indicative of their behavior throughout the story One gets the feeling that Mrs Macomber wishes her husband to be more brave and powerful Mr Wilson possesses these qualities which is why Margot flirts with him and admires him Being around Mr Wilson shows Margot what is lacking in her husband more than she previously realized The real problems begin when Macomber Wilson and Margot go hunting lions Macomber shoots poorly and flushes the lion into a space where it can not be seen easily as Wilson says Cant see him until youre on him Page 14 As the two men go to clear the lion out he the lion charges and Macomber can not kill the lion without Wilsons help This is when Mrs Macomber begins to think of her husband as a coward In an attempt to gain some of his wifes lost respect for him Macomber decides that the next day they will hunt for buffalo That night Mrs Macomber and Mr Wilson sleep together Unfortunately for Mrs Macomber her husband finds out They go about the day as planned until they reach some buffalo Again Macombers poor aim and judgment lead to trouble One buffalo gets shot and seeks refuge in a
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