Brokeback Mountain Essay

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Many literary works deal with the issue of homosexuality and society’s response to it, and each of the works of literature have a different take on the issue. Therefore, the authors create and design their main characters with the traits and characteristics that are most fit to convey their perception of the issue. One of the most well known literary works that deal with homosexuality is “Brokeback Mountain” by Annie Proulx, in which the main characters are two male cowboys that are in love. In fact, the story was controversial enough that director Ang Lee decided to produce an adaptation of the story. However as expected, there was subtle changes in the characters and their traits in the transition from a book to the big screen.
The movie adaptation of the story, in my opinion, was masterfully executed with small discrepancies between the original story and the adaptation. Moreover, casting Heath Ledger as Ennis Del Mar and Jake Gyllenhaal as Jack Twist, was a spot on choice, for these two actors were experienced enough to play out such complex and controversial characters. In Proulx’s story, Ennis is characterized as a man of few words but with a strong sense of duty and responsibility, as he is hard working, yet he is much conserved due to his upbringing in a conservative setting of Wyoming and Heath Ledger deftly plays that role with ease and fluidity. Heath Ledger’s large stature coupled with his low toned voice perfectly expresses the traits of the Ennis without words just by the presentation of the actor.
On the other hand, Jack Twist is displayed as rash, open to change, and rather foul mouthed, which suits a person who is fascinated by bull riding. Therefore, Jake Gyllenhaal adeptly embodies Jack Twist’s character, as his sharp movements and actions, and the wildness expressed through his face expressions and eyes quickly proved that he was the correct actor for the role of an irrational and impulsive bull rider. The characters of the wives played a great role in the development of the movie, as have almost the same importance of the main characters as they had an impact on the main characters.
Likewise, Lee’s choice in the casting to play the wives was impeccable for both Anne Hathaway as Lureen Newsome and Michelle Williams as Alma. Proulx’s Lureen was born into money, she was smart, and calculating, which was brought to light when she worked in her father’s company, but at the end she displayed detachment and indifference to Twist’s death. Anne Hathaway in the movie masterfully showed the progress of Lureen from a happy housewife to a sharp, dry, and resentful as the years passed by. Hathaway’s acting in the relaying of the story of Jack’s death was truly thrilling as she stated the incident in a brilliant robot-like manner that sent chills down the viewers’ spine, showing hers and Lee’s brilliance.
More importantly, Michelle Williams’ impression of Alma was extremely accurate, as she skillfully displayed the character of a...

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