Nina Baym’s Benevolent Reading of the Macomber Story
Though he agrees with Baym’s contention that the lion’s point of view is transferred to Margot, Spilka objects to the rest of her reading, characterizing her logic as unfair and contradictory. Spilka takes issue, for example, with Baym’s assertion that big-game hunting is dangerous only for the animal, woefully overpowered by human technology (guns and cars). See Baym’s “Actually, I Felt Sorry for the Lion” in New Critical Approaches to the Short Stories of Ernest Hemingway, edited by Jackson J. Benson, 112-20. Durham, NC: Duke University Press, 1990.