Definition Of Social Constructionism In Brokeback Mountain

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In modern society, the media and trending topics are widely used to determine what’s considered normal. But having only two things telling the community what to think or believe is wrong. Often the community’s social norms are manipulated by expectations and beliefs. If anyone tries to defy the norms, they will receive severe punishments. The short story Brokeback Mountain by Annie Proulx shows us two characters, Ennis Del Mar and Jack Twist, who both become rejected by society. Because Ennis and Jack share an intense homosexual love affair, they are abnormal cowboys that struggle against social norms. Normal cowboys can be distinguished based on personality and work ethics. They are described as filthy, repulsive workers that dedicates …show more content…

However, since this is utterly impossible, cowboys are still classified as unsanitary, cow herding humans. The article, “The Good, the Bad, and the Nasty” by Marlene Petersen, suggests that there are two types of cowboys, the good ones and the bad ones. The good cowboys are usually considered acceptable in the Western genre. Petersen says that good cowboys seem to follow laws and obeys social norms. These cowboys would be classified as the normal cowboys. On the other spectrum, the bad cowboys would be described as emotional, fragile humans that breaks rules and practices malicious behaviors. A short story called Brokeback Mountain written Annie Proulx, demonstrates the two characteristics. In the story, the two protagonists, Ennis Del Mar and Jack Twist, first appear to be average cowboys, but soon become abnormal cowboys that are extremely affectionate for each other. Over time, the two characters made it very convincing to the reader that they are both queer without a doubt. Marlene Peterson states that, “Before this film, no Western had dared to question the cowboy’s sexuality this explicitly: that the true and admirable cowboy ready to cope with the harsh conditions….could be be anything but heterosexual” (Peterson 9). This reveals that no one in the western community has the audacity to question the cowboy nature. Only those who have enough courage, stood up front and fought against social norms. Annie Proulx

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