In The Short Happy Life of Francis Macomber , Hemingway tries to show the
relationship between men and women by showing the interactions that two people share
in a failed marriage. The two characters, Francis and Margaret Macomber, have their
differences and only remain together for social reasons. The two of them are separated
however when Margaret shoots Francis in the back of the head.
The first signs of their anger towards each other is when they have a quick debate
when Margaret returns from sleeping with Wilson. During the conversation, Francis says
you are a bitch. Which Margaret quickly retorts with and your a coward. The fact
that Margaret can cheat on Francis then shoot down his male ego, shows how much she
hates him, and tells us that she is indeed capable of killing him if the chance so arised..
The second thing that shows how short her temper is when provoked is when she
is angry because Francis just now got his courage and is now a man (from the eyes of
Hemmingway at least) after she already showed her anger towards him and now he has
the strength to leave her. She sees that and becomes angry, the first sign is when she says
looks like it was a little too late and his response is not for me and she realizes that
he is done with her. So she becomes angry and when they chase down the buffalo she
says Didn t know that you were allowed to shoot them from the cars and Wilson
quickly answers with we never shot them from the cars , he too was frightened that she
would tell on him to get even with them. She gets pleasure out of knowing that Wilson
feared her, it shows how devious she is and capable of harboring thoughts of getting even
with her husband by killing him.
At the end of the story, she shoots her husband, and even Wilson knows that she
did it, he says that was a pretty thing to do all she could say is stop it and then he
says he would have left you, you know and she couldn t answer. She knew that she
would get away with the murder of her husband.