The most important characters in the story “Brokeback Mountain” by Annie Proulx are Ennis Del Mar and Jack Twist who are the protagonists. The other characters mentioned in the text are episodic and secondary. They help build the context and the social setting.


Ennis Del Mar

Ennis Del Mar is one of the main characters, whose perspective the narrator uses occasionally. His name is ironic and symbolical as ‘Del Mar’ translates as ‘of the sea’, but Ennis was happiest away from the sea, on Brokeback Mountain when he met Jack.

Outer characterization

Ennis’s outer characterization at the time of the narration presents him as an older man (probably in his forties), living in a trailer, and recently unemployed as his employer decided to sell his ranch.

From the backstory about him and Jack, we also know that he has two daughters with a woman named Alma whom he married and subsequently divorced. He has a brother and a sister, and his parents died in a car accident. All his life he struggled with a precarious economic situation. He also dropped out of high school due to not having enough money, and had various jobs at ranches.

His physical portrait is conveyed at the age of nearly 20 when he meets Jack:

Ennis, high-arched nose and narrow face, was scruffy and a little cave-chested, balanced a small torso on long, caliper legs, and possessed a muscular and supple body made for the horse and for fighting. His reflexes were uncommonly quick, and he was farsighted enough to dislike reading anyt...

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