Need an research paper on the issue of homosexuality in brokeback mountain. Needs to be 5 pages. Please no plagiarism. The film “Brokeback Mountain” deals with the issue of homosexuality, which in itself challenges the traditional notions that sexuality provides a basis for a core identity that has produced the dominant stereotypes of male and female. It is the story of the homosexual relationship between Ennis Del Mar and Jack Twist, and the major thrust of the story is the difficulty that Ennis faces in coming to terms with his own identity because it is not one that is acceptable in society. While he was a young boy, two old homosexual men living together had been the joke of the town, even though they were “tough old birds” and they had been found cruelly beaten to death. For Ennis, this childhood memory is an inescapable part of his reluctance to accept his own gender identity as a homosexual man. At the same time, Jack Twist is more self-aware and self-accepting of his identity.
The reasons for Ennis’ struggle to accept his true identity are the direct result of social conditioning, that has circumscribed the boundaries of his male identity to the acceptable heterosexual norms of society. Throughout the story, he struggles with the conflict generated by the reality of his identity, the struggle between his own feelings and the need to deny them and hide them away out of fear of a non-accepting society and the lack of conforming models reflecting his own homosexual identify among the society he moves around in.
Michael Foucault offers the view that “homosexuality appeared as one of the forms of sexuality when it was transposed from the practice of sodomy onto a kind of interior androgyny, a hermaphrodism of the soul.”. This suggests that homosexuality emerged as a permanent phenomenon in society as a result of its transposition from something else. This kind of homosexual identity, therefore, evolves as a result of the situation into which a man is placed, for example, military .schools, monasteries and prisons, and his need to be “truly and deeply understood” which is one of the most “powerful needs” of the human individual.