Study Guide

Brokeback Mountain What's Up With the Title?

By Annie Proulx

What's Up With the Title?

Brokeback is where it's at. For reals.

"Brokeback Mountain" is where Ennis and Jack fall in love, and as such, it becomes much more than a setting for the first part of the narrative. It's more a symbol for the story itself—an ill-fated love that could never be what these characters wanted it to be. It's so symbolic, in fact, we did a whole analysis of it in our "Symbols, Imagery and Allegory" section, so click on over there to read more.