Journal Entry #10

We jumped into the different readings, “The Short Happy Life of Francis Macomber” and “A Good Man is Hard to Find.” In “The Short Happy Life of Francis Macomber,” the short story is not about Francis Macomber as the title suggests, but is about a third person, Robert Wilson. Ernest Hemmingway, through is various abilities to write proficiently, places the reader in a Safari. And although he does not directly place them there immediately at the beginning of the story, he goes on to describe several surroundings such as the grass, the tents and the language being spoken. He never directly tells us that we’re in Africa, although he does quickly mention that the characters are on a Safari. He also describes the two characters, Francis and his wife, through the perspective of Robert Wilson whom the story is mainly focused on. His scenes are left to be interpreted by the reader, especially the ending, which we assumed was the death of Francis Macomber at the hands of his wife, but Hemmingway does not tell us this directly. Instead he shows us the idea that Mrs. Macomber, now Ms. Macomber, could have shot his husband by providing various scenes. This is also similar in O’Conner’s “A Good Man is Hard to Find,” as he places the reader in the scene but unlike Hemmingway, it’s immediately. However, O’Conner does not place the reader in the mind of a character and instead tells the story of each character. O’Conner does a lot of foreshadowing throughout the short story and much like Hemmingway’s story, the ending is up to the reader to interpret. The grandmother at the end was shot and killed, but before that she may or may not have had a revelation about the events that transpired. I can used what I learned from reading both stories and apply them to my own writing. Creating a scene without the need to directly tell the reader where they are, and providing a perspective, possibly through all characters or through just one.

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