The short story “Brokeback Mountain” by Annie Proulx is structured following a backstory plot. The narrative starts and ends in the present, but the main events take place in the past over the course of 20 years, following the relationship between two men, Jack and Ennis.



The title, “Brokeback Mountain”, refers to part of the short story’s setting, a fictional place in the US where the main characters meet and begin their secret, closeted love affair. The title is symbolic of the author’s exploration of contexts and places and their relationship with individuals. Through the story, although the action moves to different places, the characters always remember Brokeback Mountain, sometimes with nostalgia, other times with rage: “Tell you what, we could a had a good life togeth...

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