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Brokeback Mountain

Brokeback Mountain


by Annie Proulx

Brokeback Mountain Memory and the Past Quotes

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Quote #1

The fourth summer since Brokeback Mountain came on and in June Ennis had a general delivery letter from Jack Twist, the first sign of life in all that time. (43)

Could Proulx be suggesting that Ennis's memories were hidden form him and only reawakened with the postcard? Or is it just that we don't have a lot of access to Ennis's thoughts?

Quote #2

Ennis put his arm around Jack, pulled him close, said he saw his girls about once a month, Alma Jr. a shy seventeen-year-old with his beanpole length, Francine a little live wire. (104)

Proulx is showing us memories—and more importantly regrets—before Jack dies, which remind us of what's at stake for their relationship. He can't be with Jack because of society and his family, but he also pushes them away out of his feelings for Jack.

Quote #3

"I didn't want none a either kind," said Jack. "But fuck-all has worked the way I wanted. Nothin never come to my hand the right way." (106)

Bitter, bitter regret bubbles up here. Jack ain't happy with his lot and he kind of blames Ennis for it. It's uncertain how living an ostracized life as a barely closeted gay couple would be happier, but at least it would be a life he wanted.

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