Ending Explained For Brokeback Mountain (2005): Why do Jack and Ennis split up?
Many people think of Brokeback Mountain as a groundbreaking movie, but reviews at the time were mixed. It caused a lot of trouble because of how it showed homosexuality and how it questioned morality, religion, and societal values.
This crazy, creatively complex movie became popular because it showed a different side to the homophobic rants about how “unnatural” being gay was at the time. It was replaced by the unnaturalness of repressing sexuality.
The American Neo-Western romance drama “Brokeback Mountain” is directed by Ang Lee, who has won an Academy Award for his work as a director, producer, and screenwriter.
The movie stars Heath Ledger, Jake Gyllenhaal, and Anne Hathaway. It’s about two cowboys in the American West, Ennis Del Mar and Jack Twist, and their complicated 20-year love story.
The two people become close, but in the end, cultural norms break up their relationship. Everyone feels bad for them. This kind of “forbidden” love could exist between two women or between two people from different religions or cultures, which makes the movie even more relatable to the audience.
Where did the idea for Brokeback Mountain come from?
The movie “Brokeback Mountain” is based on a short story with the same name. The story is very sad. Annie Proulx wrote this story, which was printed in the New Yorker in 1997.
Anne Proulx talks about a time when she lived in Northern Wyoming and saw that a lot of people there were against gay people in an interview. When she was at a bar one night, she saw an old cowboy leaning against a wall. He was looking at the guys playing pool with an oddly sad and longing look on his face.
The author wondered if he was gay, and she thought about what it would be like for an old cowboy to live in a place where being gay was looked down upon.
In a different interview, Proulx said, “The novel was not “inspired.” Instead, it was the result of years of unconsciously observing and thinking, which led to the point where I could write it.”
Proulx went on to talk about how remote parts of North America and the local cultures influence her art and how she “watches for the historical skew between what people have hoped for and who they thought they were and what has happened to them.”
How does the movie show how the book was written?
In Brokeback Mountain, Proulx keeps putting nature and culture up against each other. The characters’ strong feelings for each other are like nature in that they can’t be stopped, and the scenery shown while their love was growing gives the setting a symbolic meaning.
The landscape in Brokeback Mountain brings out the themes of desire and repression in a different way than it usually does in a western.
Throughout the movie, Jack Twist and Ennis Del Mar have a hard time putting into words how they feel about each other. Even when they do, they feel limited by society and culture and can’t say what they really want to say.
The setting of the story is important to how it is told. This is a key part of telling the story of Brokeback Mountain when dialogue alone isn’t enough.
The movie is set in the rocky mountain west. The mountains are a dramatic contrast to the two characters’ different hometowns. They both come from places that are both physically and emotionally empty, and Brokeback Mountain gives them a way out of that.
As society expects, Jack moves to Texas to live with his rich bride. Ennis, on the other hand, is tied down by money and responsibilities.
From the beautiful view from the top of the mountain to the boring, everyday life that society expects of them, they go through a lot. In the movie, the mountains are alive, wild, and untamed, while their hometowns are boring, tamed, sad, and lonely. The mountain also serves as a gravestone for the men’s relationship, which must now be put to rest.
Why does Jack break up with Ennis?
Ennis and Jack would sometimes run into each other when they were both fishing outside. But at some point, they decide that they would just be too different to be together. The decision was made because of what Ennis’s dad did to a gay person when he caught them in the act.
This memory was a big part of what made his son afraid. Sadly, after arguing and then making up, the two people go their separate ways.
How does Ennis learn that Jack has passed away?
A few years later, Ennis sent Jack a postcard, which was sent back to him with the word “Deceased” written on it. He doesn’t waste any time and calls Jack’s partner, Lureen, right away. Through Lureen, he finds out that Jack died in a car accident where a tire blew up in his face.
Ennis can’t help but think about a death that comes from his worst fear. He thinks that Jack might have been killed in a violent act. Lureen also tells Jack that her husband wanted his ashes to be scattered all over Brokeback Mountain.
Ennis goes on a trip to do what Jack wants and to talk to his parents. His dad, however, says that he would rather have the ashes spread out across the family estate.
How does Jack actually die?
Even though Lureen’s claims seem to be true, it’s possible that there’s another explanation. There are hints in the movie about how Jack could have been hurt and died. In an earlier scene, Jack is seen making moves on a guy inside the bar. A couple of angry men look up at Jack as the cowboy turns to talk to his friend in the corner. One can see how quickly things could have gone wrong for him and killed him.
Jack often tried to get what he wanted by hanging out with men, so it’s likely that he was killed in the process. Also, the movie doesn’t do anything to make Ennis feel better. So, it’s possible that this situation really happened.
In an interview, Anne Hathaway said that she doesn’t know what happened with Jack. She goes on to say that the scene in the movie where Lureen calls Ennis was shot twice. One sees Lureen tell Ennis how she found out her partner was gay and that he had been killed because of his sexuality. The other was when Lureen told Ennis that Jack had died because a tire had exploded in his face.
In the end, both takes were put together instead of each one being used on its own. Anne doesn’t seem to understand why Ang Lee told them to do this.
Does Lureen know if Jack is gay or straight?
Lureen could have found out about her partner’s sexual preferences over time, but nothing of the sort is shown on screen. She tells Ennis in the movie that her partner wanted his ashes to be scattered all over Brokeback Mountain.
She might have thought that Jack might have lived on the mountain when he was young. In reality, though, that gives Jack and Ennis a safe place to meet.
In some parts of the movie, Lureen tells other women about how her partner didn’t want to “dance” with her. In this case, dancing could have been linked to having close relationships. She goes on to say that she told her husband he couldn’t “drink.” She was implying that she might have asked her husband to stop having gay relationships.
Jack “drank” a lot, but, as she says, he didn’t pay attention to her. Her eyes seem to be tearing up as she talks, which could mean that she knew Jack used to hang out with Ennis or that she was sad about her late husband.
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