From 11:00PM PDT on Friday, July 1 until 5:00AM PDT on Saturday, July 2, the Shmoop engineering elves will be making tweaks and improvements to the site. That means Shmoop will be unavailable for use during that time. Thanks for your patience!
We have changed our privacy policy. In addition, we use cookies on our website for various purposes. By continuing on our website, you consent to our use of cookies. You can learn about our practices by reading our privacy policy.
© 2016 Shmoop University, Inc. All rights reserved.


Character Role Analysis

Ennis Del Mar

We open and close with Ennis, which makes him a bit more of a protagonist than Jack. Though to be fair, they're both pretty influential when it comes to the plot. The story is theirs, the problems are theirs, and we ultimately care about the two of them far more than any of the other characters. That's pretty firm protagonist territory, and since (1) Proulx follows Ennis around a lot more than Jack and (2) Ennis is not, in fact, dead at the end, Ennis gets the pole position.