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Gender Roles In The Short Life Of Francis Macomber

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Francis Macomber is a thirty-five years old man, on an African safari. He is also there with his wife he is feminine as well as a coward. Macomber is considered a coward because when faced with his first lion, he bolted and fled, increasing hatred from his wife. She has been disapproving of him for a while. She is basically a snake in the grass and cheats on Macomber. Macomber decides to have a brave moment in his life for a chance and in the process, is killed. Gender roles and masculinity played a major part in the story; whether, it was Margot or Frances Macomber, and even more.
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Wilson comes into the picture and is admired by Margot; he has the masculinity that Margot is looking for in Francis. Wilson and Margot flirt with each other with no regard to Francis. “I say, you wouldn't like to drop my beauty as a topic, would you? (Hemingway 6)” “She responds, I've just started on it. (Hemingway 6).” From my perspective as a man you would not stand around and watch your wife fraternize with another man. This is an example of Macomber lack of masculinity. Here he also acts as the women and she takes charge and he does not a thing about it.
Francis knows that Margot is fooling around with Wilson and realizes that he has lost her. Macomber states “We all take a beating every day, you know, one way or another (Hemingway 7).” Here he admits that he has been defeated by a sexual sense of this trip. Wilson now does not have a sense of respect for Macomber as the story grows but Macomber chose the path he went down. Meaning he wanted to be a hero but could not handle it because he is not used to danger. The sports that Francis play are usually of many rules and have guidelines. Safari hunting is wild and has very few restrictions. Wilson and Macomber talk about what happened with the lion and did not want Margot to find out. Wilson thought to himself “wife or no wife” it should not happen to a man (Hemingway 10). As a man you should not do anything like he did, whether having a wife or not. On the other hand we naturally would run if a lion was running towards us but over there things are different. I would say if a lion was running toward me I would run and shoot at the same time because most likely you will not outrun the lion, and I would not be called a coward.
Margot uses Macomber’s cowardice to control and...

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