Compare And Contrast The Killers And The Short Happy Life Of Francis Macomber

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People have to experience many difficult situations in life which challenge them and reveal their true character. This often occurs in circumstances where fear is involved, because people will either react in a way that shows cowardice, such as by running away, or bravely, by facing their fears and overcoming the challenge. Author Ernest Hemingway demonstrates this theme very well in many of his short stories, but especially in “The Killers” and “The Short Happy Life of Francis Macomber.” These stories put the characters through situations where people would realistically be very afraid, and they must make difficult choices in order to face these fears. There are many similarities and differences between these stories. They are different…show more content…
“The Killers” and “The Short Happy Life of Francis Macomber” take place in two very different settings and with very different characters. “The Killers” takes place in a diner in a small town, while “Macomber” takes place on a hunting safari in Africa. The characters in “The Killers” includes the diner employee named George and two gangsters hired to kill a man named Ole Andreson, who was once a professional boxer. In “Macomber,” the characters are a wealthy man named Francis Macomber, who is not seen as very brave and lets his wife, Margaret, do whatever she wants, including cheating and using him for his money. Another character is the safari guide named Robert Wilson. These characters have different lives and personalities. The two men who end up being killed in these stories, Ole and Francis, face their fears in different ways. Ole faces them…show more content…
First of all, the themes of these two stories are very centered around courage. In “The Killers,” both the people in the diner and Ole Andreson are put into a situation where they must be brave and make difficult choices. For example, Nick left the diner after the gangsters left in order to warn Ole of their arrival, risking his own life in the process. Then, Ole decides that he should stop running from his past and face the people who will kill him by saying, “There ain’t anything to do. After a while I’ll make up my mind to go out.” In the beginning of “Macomber,” Margaret treats Frances as though she can do whatever she wants without him leaving her, such as cheating and kissing another man in front of him. His response to this was to say, “There wasn’t going to be any of that. You promised there wouldn’t be,” which shows that he had allowed this to happen before. Later on, though, he stands up for himself against her more and says, “If you don’t know what we’re talking about why not keep out of it?” which is something that he never would have said in the past. This scares Margaret, which is why she kills him. The reason why these stories were written were also similar are to carry a message of the positive and negative effects of having courage. “The Killers” has a more negative connotation of be courageous by
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