The short story “Brokeback Mountain” by Annie Proulx is set in rural North America and presents episodic conflicts and encounters that take place over 20 years, from 1963 to 1983.
The physical setting includes the fictional area called “Brokeback Mountain” but also references to real geographical locations: “They were raised on small, poor ranches in opposite corners of the state, Jack Twist in Lightning Flat, up on the Montana border, Ennis del Mar from around Sage, near the Utah line…”;
After the characters marry different women, Ennis lives in Riverton and Ennis in Childress, Texas.
The author focuses on the landscape of Brokeback Mountain, giving abundant details about it:
Dawn came glassy-orange, stained from below by a gelatinous band of pale green. The sooty bulk of the mountain paled slowly until it was the same color as the smoke from Ennis’s breakfast fire. The cold air sweetened, banded pebbles and crumbs of soil cast sudden pencil-long s...