Two Main Characters, Ennis And Jack's 'Brokeback Mountain'

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Brokeback Mountain illustrates the repression and inability to express emotions of the two main characters, Ennis and Jack. The short story chronicles their tragedy in terms of an externally acceptable marital life and an internally tormented love for one another.
The magnetic attraction between them – what many consider as love between two normal human beings, was oppressed and viewed as a sin by the society within which they live. a) Development of love and societal repression Ennis and Jack’s relationship sparked in the nature of Wyoming, Brokeback
Mountain. The mountain, in a way, was like their own “Garden of Eden”, where there was no sin and both live in peace and harmony. Whilst being hidden from the prying eyes of society, the two were able to
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He feared for his life and thus chose to adhere to the norm, only to finally lose one of the persons he cherished the most. Here it can be implied that by not supporting
Jack’s effort in their love, Ennis was actually contributing to the rest of society in the shaming of homosexuality, which, took root from the confusion of his own true sexual orientation. 10 The entwining of the two shirts symbolises the remembrance of the passionate summer they shared on Brokeback Mountain: “[…] the pair like two skins, one inside the other, two in one.” Ennis smelled the clothing, hoping for the “faintest smoke and mountain sage and salty sweet stink of Jack but there was no real scent, only the memory of it, the imagined power of Brokeback Mountain of which nothing was left but what he held in his hands.” He knew that the clothes were the closest he and Jack would ever get to being together like they were on the mountain. Likewise, the shirts also symbolise their separation because even though they both loved each other passionately, Ennis was too terrified of being discovered as a homosexual, and the only way Jack could ever get closer to Ennis was to put their shirts together as
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