Annie Proulx's Brokeback Mountain

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Annie Proulx, author of Brokeback Mountain, created a story about two young ranchers that get a summer job in Wyoming and follow the journey between the two. The story is centered around Ennis and Jacks relationship. The relationship between Jack and Ennis is a complicated one. The story flows with descriptive backgrounds and emotions. When reading Brokeback Mountain, you hope to see the character development from both Jack and Ennis, but like real life, sometimes the development doesn’t happen or is very subtle. The setting throughout the story plays a huge part in the actual story. Finally, the theme of Brokeback Mountain revolves around love and what humans want but sometimes ultimately can’t have. The character development of Ennis was subtle and it slowly happened. Ennis was an interesting character. Throughout the story he knew that he had feeling for Jack but other than when they were together, he would not act on them. Ennis stressed time after time that he wasn’t queer throughout the story. When Ennis and Jack left for the end of the fall Ennis was driving when he started to feel …show more content…
Brokeback Mountain takes place in the 1960’s in Wyoming, a time period where being gay was highly frowned upon. Being gay during this time basically meant either pretending that you weren’t gay or in some cases being killed. The latter option is what kept Ennis from exploring his true feelings and living in fear. “Whoa, whoa, whoa. It ain’t goin a be that way. We can’t. I’m stuck with what I got, caught in my own loop. Can’t get out of it. Jack, I don’t want to be like them guys you see around sometimes. And I don’t want a be dead (pg. 268).” Ennis goes on to tell Jack about the time his dad made him go and see the local person in their community that was gay and was brutally beaten to death. That memory is part of the reason why Ennis seems afraid to act upon his

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