Week 9: Brokeback Mountain

Brokeback Mountain

Topic: Love

Theme: Like nature governs mountains and ranches, love is also a force of nature. Two lonely people find each other and fall in love with each other. They discover that they cannot live without each other. They just happen to be two men.

Analysis:

  • The idea that two men falling in love with each other in 1960s in conservative Wyoming symbolizes that love persists in all odds.
  • Jack’s love for Ennis has done more harm to him than good and same goes with Ennis. Ennis knows that he cannot throw everything and go with Jack. He cannot express or articulate his love. This could be because of the terrible childhood memory where his father took him to see mutilated body of a gay rancher.
  • Within a mile Ennis felt like someone was pulling his guts out hand over hand a yard at a time.” This was experienced by Ennis when Ennis and Jack parted ways after first summer together in the mountain. Ennis and Jack genuinely love each other; there is a deep connection between them, which survives for two decades in difficult circumstances. That includes the fact that both men were married and had children, and Jack lived in far-away Texas. The love between them is far greater and more binding, than their love for their wives
  • When it came — thirty cents — he pinned it up in his trailer, brass-headed tack in each corner. Below it he drove a nail and on the nail he hung the wire hanger and the two old shirts suspended from it. He stepped back and looked at the ensemble through a few stinging tears.” This shows that Ennis does not want to forget about Jack. He keeps two shirts and Brokeback mountain postcard in the memory of Jack as a constant reminder of his love for Jack.
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