Before they leave, Jake and Bill run into Brett, who has recently returned from Spain, and her fiancé, Mike.Brett and Mike ask to accompany Jake and Bill to Pamplona.They compete in ways that are both psychological and physical.
Before they leave, Jake and Bill run into Brett, who has recently returned from Spain, and her fiancé, Mike.
Romero wins her over for a time with his valor and bravery, but this is short lived.
Cohn stands up in a violent manner toward the other characters, but this is portrayed as brutish and ugly. They are prone to self-pity and drunken childishness.
Bill, Jake, and Cohn travel together to Pamplona, where they are eventually joined by Brett and Mike.
They stay at a local hotel owned by a man named Montoya.
They have no meaningful commitments to ideals or each other. The characters are devoid of purpose and remain unfulfilled in almost all ways.
Masculinity and the Fragility of Male Ego There is only one female character in the novel and the male characters surround her like predators.The characters in the novel cannot relate to the values and beliefs which guided the world prior to the war and they have nothing to replace them.They wonder aimlessly, drinking and diverting themselves. Their lives of drinking and abandon serve only to allow them to not think about themselves or their lives.Lost Generation, who came of age during World War I (1914–18).Two of the novel’s main characters, Lady Brett Ashley and Jake Barnes, typify the Lost Generation.Our editors will review what you’ve submitted and determine whether to revise the article.Join Britannica's Publishing Partner Program and our community of experts to gain a global audience for your work!When Cohn confesses his romantic interest in Brett to Jake, Jake cautions him against pursuing a relationship with Brett, who is engaged to be married to Mike Campbell, a Scottish war veteran.Both Brett and Cohn eventually leave Paris: Brett sets off for San Sebastian (a small beach town in Spain) and Cohn for the countryside.The Aimlessness of the Lost Generation The generation of people who lived through World War I are often referred to as the Lost Generation.Lives were devastated and old values were revealed as pointless in the wake of the war.