Jack Twist in "Brokeback Mountain" Analytical Essay

Jack Twist in "Brokeback Mountain"
An analysis of the character of Jack Twist from the book "Brokeback Mountain" by Annie Proulx.
# 153702 | 1,208 words | 3 sources | MLA | 2013 | US
Published on Oct 15, 2013 in Literature (American)

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The paper examines Annie Proulx's tragically carefree, colorful character of Jack Twist in her short story "Brokeback Mountain" and posits that he is, without a doubt, her most interesting, if not most heartbreaking character. The paper begins by discussing his unique name, Jack Twist, and then goes on to analyze his parents, the impact of his early experiences on his life and what led up to his early death.

From the Paper:

"Before examining the perpetual game that was the life of Jack Twist, let us first take note of the name Annie Proulx bestowed upon him. Even his name sounds almost like a joke, like something out of a fairytale. The name Jack Twists contrasts blatantly with the hard-edged moniker of the love of his short life, Ennis Del Mar. Pronouncing his fanciful name, one cannot seem to help verging on sounding breathy and wistful. The name Jack Twist evokes the earth, the grass, the ground with which Jack was so familiar.
"Since the story takes place over the span of about twenty years, the appearance of the characters of course changes over that time period. Jack begins the story fresh-faced and lively as hell, ready to take on the world like the raging bulls he so loves to ride. Jack is described as, "fair enough with his curly hair and quick laugh, but for a small man he carried some weight in the haunch and his smile disclosed buckteeth." Jack is "infatuated with the rodeo life" and is never seen without his bull-riding buckle. Further into the story, the characters start to look a little worse for wear, however Jack still maintains his mischievous, almost spritely personality (Proulx, p. 3)."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • N/A. "Character Analysis of Jack Twist." DaveCullen.com. 27 January 2006.<http://www.davecullen.com/forum/index.php?topic=356.0> Web.
  • N/A. "Analysis of Major Characters." SparkNotes.com. 2013.<http://www.sparknotes.com/short-stories/brokeback-mountain/canalysis.html#Jack-Twist> Web.
  • Proulx, Annie. "Brokeback Mountain." The New Yorker. 13 October 1997. Print.

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