The Sun Also Rises
by Ernest Hemingway
Character Role Analysis
Montoya, the Spanish hotel owner, is the Mr. Miyagi to Jake’s Karate Kid. Montoya is an old school aficionado of bull-fighting; he’s seen matadors come and go, and he knows the sport better than anyone else. Jake, a young aficionado, shares a true understanding of the sport with Montoya, as well as a genuine love for it.
Jake and Montoya have a real respect for each other because of their common passion for bull-fighting. In the end, though, the student betrays the master; Jake lets Montoya down by introducing Romero to Brett, thereby corrupting the talented young matador.