In this section, we will look at the most relevant elements we will present in our analysis of “Brokeback Mountain” by Annie Proulx.

The short story has a backstory plot structure. The title, “Brokeback Mountain”, refers to part of the short story’s setting, a fictional place in the US where the main characters meet and begin their closeted love affair.

Ennis Del Mar is one of the main characters, whose perspective the narrator uses occasionally. His inner characterization is complex, as it follows the man’s development over 20 years. His characterization is mostly conveyed in relation to Jack, the second main character in the story.

The story takes place between the 1960s and the 1980s in the US, including in the fictional area called “Brokeback Mountain”. The social setting conveys aspects of American society in those times focusing on status and economic position, the life of the cowboy, married life, homosexuality, and homophobia.

“Brokeback Mountain” is a third-person narration, told by an omniscient narrator. The complexity of the story’s language is illustrated through imagery and the numerous similes and metaphors the author uses to convey deeper meanings. A few repetitions and symbols further enhance the story’s conflicts and themes.

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