Tuesday, April 14, 2009
Condeming or Understanding of Homosexuality
The homosexual themes in Ang Lee's Brokeback Mountain send me through a rollercoaster of emotions. Ang Lee does a very good job, wit hthe help of writers Larry McMurtry and Diana Ossana, in delivering very different emotions throughout the movie. The movie is mainly about the suppression of sexual desire and how one handles that within a homophobic society. It is difficult to say whether or not the movie is comdemning homosexuality or not. I believe that it is not, but rather enlightening an audience about the social implications of being openly gay. What is incredibly interesting is how is society affected by two men being openly or "closet" queers. It would seem that society in general is not affected at all, rather the private lives of Jack and Ennis suffer because of how society views homosexuality. I would argue this is the most upsetting thing that comes from homophobia. Nobody in the movie is affected by the love of Jack and Ennis unless they let themselves become affected. Society and culture move on, but it is the individual who is destroyed. I believe this is one important message from the movie. Brokeback Moutain seems to be saying that people could live in harmony if they were simply accepting of an individual's beliefs rather than a whole group's sexual preference. There is never one time when the men let their love for each other get in the way. One could try and argue that they lost sheep because of their desire, but not they lost sheep because of a storm. Instead, if individual's simply accepted one's sexual desire of another individual, than social injustice would not occur in this realm. Let's face it, homosexuality has been something that has existed throughout humanity's time here and there is nothing that is going to stop it. What this movie does is show that no matter what happens to an individual, homosexual desires will never be oppressed in the long run because it seems to just naturally happen.