The Short, Happy Life of Francis Macomber Historical Context

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Though Hemingway does not specify when "The Short Happy Life of Francis Macomber" takes place, it can be assumed to be contemporary of the era in which the story was written, the mid

1930s. In the midst of the Great Depression, the fact that the Macombers can afford to take a luxury vacation takes on great significance. It hints that they are far removed from the realities of their day, which include poverty, economic instability, and general misery. In a time in which one quarter of all men were unemployed, gender roles took on great significance. A man without a job often questioned his masculinity, particularly if he was not able to care for his wife and children. Though the Macombers are childless and need not worry about where their next meal is coming from, this fixation on masculinity is still evident in Macomber's...

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