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.
While Mike, Cohn, and, incidentally, Jake spar over Brett, Brett runs off to Madrid with Romero.
After the festival ends, Jake, Mike, and Bill leave Pamplona.
Though some are veterans of the war, now they live their lives in shallow pursuits living only for immediate pleasure.
When it is time to win Ashley, none of the main characters are up to the task.
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.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.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.The novel portrays the old image of manliness as a lost ideal.Men are no longer heroic and they experience this impotence both figuratively in the fact that they cannot accomplish anything meaningful, and literally in the case of Jake’s sexual impotence.Jake immediately goes to Madrid, where he learns that Brett sent Romero away for fear of corrupting him.The novel ends unspectacularly, with Jake and Brett talking in a taxi in Madrid.They compete in ways that are both psychological and physical.Yet none of the men are shown to be a strong man in any conventional sense.