"She Loves Me, She Loves Me Not": The Short Happy Symbiotic Marriage of Margot and Francis Macomber
Describes the Macomber relationship as based on fear of individuation and dependence. Argues that Macomber’s newfound bravery and desire to withdraw from their marriage threatens Margot’s existence; therefore, although she consciously shoots to save Macomber’s life, she unconsciously kills him as a way out of her symbiosis without endangering her existence. Draws on Lacan’s theory of desire.
Journal of American Culture