The Short Happy Life of Francis Macomber Essay

719 Words Sep 9th, 2013 3 Pages
English 102
02 October 2011
Word Count: 500
The Short Happy Life of Francis MaComber
Deep in Africa on a Safari, where man and beast roam as one, a husband Francis MaComber ventures on an unforeseen journey. He and his wife Margaret MaComber endure moments that were not foreseen, but the safari has a way of changing perspectives and opening up minds. Courage defined by the Merriam-Webster Website, is “mental or moral strength to venture, persevere, and withstand danger, fear or difficulty”. The Safari will definitely change Francis MaComber. Come let’s go on an adventure that will leave you thinking. The African Safari where life, marriage, infidelity and courage is lost and regained, but by what means, accident or a plot to kill.
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His wife sees this and out of embarrassment and resentfulness kisses Robert Wilson, the guide in the mouth and Mr. MaComber says nothing. He has been a coward in their marriage for years and Mrs. MaComber takes advantage of it.
Mr. MaComber goes back to camp after looking quite cowardly in front of all that accompanied them on the hunt and especially his wife. He has a nightmare about the bloody lion and awakens to find that his wife is not in bed. He waits for her return and asks where she had been, although he knows that she has been with Robert Wilson. Her reply was that she was getting some fresh air. This is not the first time that she has cheated on him. He tells her that he thought she was not going to do this again. The next morning due to anger and frustration he starts to find courage. The hunt begins again this time, with a different Francis MaComber and a different animal, a bull. He determined to conquer his fears and prove to himself and his wife that he has the courage to do so. He jumps from the jeep while still in motion. He kills the bull with no hesitation. Robert Wilson also shoots a bull only to find that it is not dead. They proceeded into the bush to find the bull. While Mr. MaComber and Robert Wilson were standing there boasting the bull that they thought was dead, charged and they both started shooting the bull. A single shot to the head of Francis MaComber was delivered by his wife. Mr. MaComber had found his courage

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