Brokeback Mountain

Annie Proulx’s short story entitled “Brokeback Mountain” has a third-person-limited point of
view. The main character, Ennis is somewhat secretive–guarded in his behavior and reserved
in his expression of emotion.
Explain the connections you see among the following: the main character’s secretiveness, the
author’s use of point of view, and the story’s theme. You might also consider the few times in
the story where the author shifts the point of view.
Use direct quotations from the story for your evidence, and then explain how the quotations
support your claims. Avoid plot summary/narration. Avoid author biography. Avoid
evaluating the story’s quality. Avoid commenting on whether you liked or disliked the text.
Paper Preparation: Before you write this paper, explore your ideas by considering some of the
following questions as you reread the story.
–How does the story suggest or convey secretiveness?
–What seems to motivate the main character’s actions?
–What do you think is the story’s theme?
–What role do you see the point of view playing in your understanding of the main character and
other characters? (Also, you might consider the few instances where the point of view shifts.)
Paper Structure: Your paper should have an introductory paragraph that mentions the story’s
full title, the author, and your paper’s thesis (underlined). Remember first-year composition!
Your paper’s body paragraphs should follow the 3-part structure I ask for in the daily writing
paragraphs—claim, evidence, explanation; each body paragraph should also have a topic
sentence that makes a claim and stems from the paper’s thesis. (first-year composition!)
In papers this short, you need not have a concluding paragraph—better to use the space for a
body paragraph that develops your paper further and examines more material from the text.
Paper Audience: Imagine your peers as your readers, people who have read the story more than
once but have not necessarily understood it the same way you do. They have not memorized
the text, nor do they have copies of the story in front of them as they read your paper.
Paper Format: Follow the instructions given in “Manuscript Specifications” (link below) for
the correct paper format—failure to do so can cost you up to 20 points on the paper grade.
Also, before you finish your paper, consider the Writing Guidelines (link below)..
Paper Length: Your paper should be 3-5 pages long (900-1500 words).
Before you upload the paper in Blackboard in Worddocx format, read through your paper aloud,
slowly and carefully, to catch and fix needless mechanical errors. USE DEPT. BLUEBOOK!
 Thesis is original.
 Thesis is significant.
 Thesis makes an arguable claim.
 Thesis is not too broad for paper length.
 Evidence supporting all claims is cited.
 Paper addresses interesting and complex issues.
 Supporting detail is clearly and thoroughly explained.
 The argument has more analytical than descriptive material.
 Paper sticks to thesis and develops it.
 Paragraphs develop topic sentences fully.
 Topic sentences in paragraphs make claims.
 Topic sentences relate back to paper’s thesis.
 Paragraphs explain their claims clearly.
 Transitions between paragraphs are clear.
 Transitions between sentences are clear.
 Paper’s argument is logical and clear.
 Paper’s structure is sound: words, sentences, ideas, paragraphs are presented
 in the most effective order.
 Sentences are clear.
 Word choice is accurate.
 Diction is appropriate for purpose and audience.
 Sentences are not choppy.
 Sentence structure is varied.
 Sentence structure is effective.
 Sentences are free of awkwardness.
 Unnecessary words have been eliminated.
 Paper reads easily out loud.
 Paper does not use repetition except for clarity or effect.
 Paper employs parallelism well at all levels (words, sentences, paragraphs).
 Paper follows directions of assignment.
 Paper adheres to basic conventions of format (as stipulated).
 Grammar is correct.
 Punctuation is clear.
 Spelling is accurate.
 Paper has been thoroughly proofread.
Manuscript Specifications: Changes from The MLA Handbook
Please carefully read through and follow these instructions on how to format all of your work for
this course. You may note that I ask you to format your manuscripts differently from the way you have in other courses. If so, please do as I specify, not as you’ve done in the past. Papers that do not follow these specifications will lose up to twenty points (out of 100) and may be returned either ungraded or with a grade but no comments.
First, you should choose a font that resembles a typewritten print—it’s best to use Times New
Roman; depending upon the font, use either a 10- or 12-point size. (This handout is in 11-point Times
New Roman font.) No italics (except for foreign words, titles, and the like); no bold print or special
effects. Make the manuscript a neutral conveyor of your ideas.
Next, start with typing your paper’s title at the top of the first page. (Do not use either a heading
or a cover sheet, and do not put your name or other class information—or a page number—on the first
page.) The title should be centered and appropriately capitalized; otherwise, it should maintain the same print and format specifications as the rest of the document. Remember that your title should be original and should be an early clue to your topic and thesis.
From the title to the body of the text and within the body of the text, all lines should be doublespaced–except longer quotations (which should be single-spaced). Do not insert extra lines between
paragraphs. Set margins on all sides of the document at 1 inch; become familiar enough with your word processor to set margins correctly. Indent the first line of each paragraph 1/2 inch. Left justify the body of your text; do not full justify.
If your document should extend to more than one page, you will need to add a header to the
second and subsequent pages. The header should include only the page number; justify it to the right side
of the page. Do not include a “p” or your name before the number. Do not number the first page. Do not
print page numbers by hand. At the end of your essay, include a word count. Use the “Word Count”
function to get this number, then type the information.
Refer to The MLA Handbook for guidelines to citing sources. If you draw on or refer to sources,
make sure you cite them properly. Unless I direct you otherwise, use the MLA style for citation: in-text
(parenthetical citation) and end-of-text (Works Cited entry). Whether accidental or deliberate, the failure
to cite sources for either quotations or paraphrases constitutes plagiarism, a serious academic offense that can result in expulsion
Your name should appear nowhere in your paper to ensure your anonymity during my grading.
Remember: Papers that do not follow all these specifications will lose up to twenty points (out of
100) and may be returned either ungraded or with a grade but no comments. Following directions exactly
is the easiest part of this course; don’t lower your grade for failing to pay attention to them.

Homework Paper
Calculate your paper price
Pages (550 words)
Approximate price: -

Why Work with Us

Top Quality and Well-Researched Papers

We always make sure that writers follow all your instructions precisely. You can choose your academic level: high school, college/university or professional, and we will assign a writer who has a respective degree.

Professional and Experienced Academic Writers

We have a team of professional writers with experience in academic and business writing. Many are native speakers and able to perform any task for which you need help.

Free Unlimited Revisions

If you think we missed something, send your order for a free revision. You have 10 days to submit the order for review after you have received the final document. You can do this yourself after logging into your personal account or by contacting our support.

Prompt Delivery and 100% Money-Back-Guarantee

All papers are always delivered on time. In case we need more time to master your paper, we may contact you regarding the deadline extension. In case you cannot provide us with more time, a 100% refund is guaranteed.

Original & Confidential

We use several writing tools checks to ensure that all documents you receive are free from plagiarism. Our editors carefully review all quotations in the text. We also promise maximum confidentiality in all of our services.

24/7 Customer Support

Our support agents are available 24 hours a day 7 days a week and committed to providing you with the best customer experience. Get in touch whenever you need any assistance.

Try it now!

Calculate the price of your order

Total price:

How it works?

Follow these simple steps to get your paper done

Place your order

Fill in the order form and provide all details of your assignment.

Proceed with the payment

Choose the payment system that suits you most.

Receive the final file

Once your paper is ready, we will email it to you.

Our Services

No need to work on your paper at night. Sleep tight, we will cover your back. We offer all kinds of writing services.


Essay Writing Service

No matter what kind of academic paper you need and how urgent you need it, you are welcome to choose your academic level and the type of your paper at an affordable price. We take care of all your paper needs and give a 24/7 customer care support system.


Admission Essays & Business Writing Help

An admission essay is an essay or other written statement by a candidate, often a potential student enrolling in a college, university, or graduate school. You can be rest assurred that through our service we will write the best admission essay for you.


Editing Support

Our academic writers and editors make the necessary changes to your paper so that it is polished. We also format your document by correctly quoting the sources and creating reference lists in the formats APA, Harvard, MLA, Chicago / Turabian.


Revision Support

If you think your paper could be improved, you can request a review. In this case, your paper will be checked by the writer or assigned to an editor. You can use this option as many times as you see fit. This is free because we want you to be completely satisfied with the service offered.