2004 Student Research Conference:
17th Annual Student Research Conference

Language & Literature

Masculine Struggle in “The Short Happy Life of Francis Macomber”
Daniel D. Coate
Dr. Monica Barron, Faculty Mentor

This paper is an exploration of gender representations in Hemingway’s short story, “The Short Happy Life of Francis Macomber.” The paper focuses on the struggle of the main character, Francis Macomber, to affirm his masculinity against the challenges presented by the other characters, specifically Wilson and Margot, who embody masculinity and anti-masculinity, respectively. The paper explores the story as a critique of traditional gender roles, arguing that these roles are imagined, that is they are real only as much as they are acted out. If this performance fails, gender falls apart.

Keywords: Francis Macomber, Macomber, Hemingway, masculinity, masculine, gender roles, gender


Presentation Type: Oral Paper

Session: 20-2
Location: VH 1304
Time: 10:15

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