Annie Proulx's Brokeback Mountain and Postcards (Continuum by Mark Asquith

By Mark Asquith

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This is the tradition with which Proulx appears to be working in her characterization of Witkin and Larry, and later, as will be seen, her characterization of Jack and Ennis. Certainly Witkin’s wife has no role to play in their dream, and she in turn dismisses their plans as both impractical and uncomfortable. Even the men themselves are confused by their feelings, and it is the narrator’s exploration of The Novel: Postcards 51 this aspect of their character that transforms them from caricatures in to more interesting studies of the way in which male relationships can be altered when displaced from the city to the woods.

323) and ‘removed’ the $100 bill from his shoes (p. 253), a narrative that conforms to our romanticized view of Native American characters. However, within the body of the 32 Annie Proulx’s Brokeback Mountain and Postcards text the reader is offered extra information which leads to another possible interpretation. In the late 1970s, Loyal finds a picture of a man called Walter Hairy Chin in a collection of discarded patient files from a mental asylum in Fargo, North Dakota, and identifies it as the Indian he picked up (p.

The novel begins and ends with two unsolicited mail-shots: the first attempts to sell an electric fence to enclose Loyal’s pasture, the second is a free flight offer from a travel agency run by Pala, offering Kevin Witkin, who is living on Loyal’s pasture, the chance to escape his messed up life (pp. 3, 336). Thus the novel’s central irony is laid bare: the ‘short, sharp shock’ will not be administered by electrification (which would help save the farm), but by Loyal’s rape of Billy and subsequent flight, a crime that will be repeated years later on the same ground by Kevin Witkin (of which more later).

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