Quote in chapter 17 "All for sport. All for pleasure" Explain the quote, “All for sport. All for pleasure.” How does this relate to bullfighting and to relationships? What connection does...

Quote in chapter 17

"All for sport. All for pleasure"

  1. Explain the quote, “All for sport. All for pleasure.”
  2. How does this relate to bullfighting and to relationships?
  3. What connection does this quote have to the “lost generation”?

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A waiter in a cafe tells Jake that a man was gored by a bull, and after he tells Jake this, he is the one who says this quote. He is expressing his view that getting gored and killed by a bull just for the sake of sport is not worth it. He believes that sport and pleasure are not worth a life.

With regard to bull fighting, it would depend on your view. Certainly the bull fighters and their fans believe that it IS worth it. Bull fighting is their passion and they are willing to give their lives for the thrill. Others, like the waiter, believe there are more important things one can give one's life for other than sport and pleasure. With regard to relationships, is a relationship built only on sport and pleasure worth it? Isn't this how Brett rolls? She really does not have any true relationships with men because they are all built on "sport" and "pleasure" (i.e. sex). The only relationship that is helpful to Brett is her one with Nick, because it is NOT sexual. Ironic, huh?

The "lost generation" of this novel are those whose lives are built on the sand castle of sport and pleasure. Brett, Mike, Bill, Jake - and others they encounter - spend their time flitting around Europe, having a good time, getting drunk, having sex. I say, is that all life is about? What rot!

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