Brokeback Mountain

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Annie Proulx

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Joe Aguirre Character Analysis

Joe Aguirre employs Jack and Ennis to work on Brokeback Mountain during the summer of 1963. He is a surly man, who looks down upon the young men who come and work for him. He watches Ennis and Jack have sex through binoculars, and though he doesn’t say anything to them directly, he treats them coldly after that. Later, when Jack tries to get a job from Joe in the summer of 1964, Joe turns Jack away and implies he knows the nature of Jack and Ennis’s relationship.

Joe Aguirre Quotes in Brokeback Mountain

The Brokeback Mountain quotes below are all either spoken by Joe Aguirre or refer to Joe Aguirre. For each quote, you can also see the other characters and themes related to it (each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one:
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). Note: all page numbers and citation info for the quotes below refer to the Scribner edition of Brokeback Mountain published in 1999.
Brokeback Mountain Quotes

“Forest Service got designated campsites on the allotments. Them camps can be a couple a miles from where we pasture the sheep. Bad predator loss, nobody near lookin after em at night. What I want—camp tender in the main camp where the Forest Service says, but the herder”—pointing at Jack with a chop of his hand—“pitch a pup tent on the Q.T. with the sheep, out a sight, and he’s goin a sleep there. Eat supper, breakfast in camp, but sleep with the sheep, hundred percent, no fire, don’t leave no sign. Roll up that tent every mornin case Forest Service snoops around. Got the dogs, your .30-.30, sleep there. Last summer had goddam near twenty-five-percent loss. I don’t want that again. […] Tomorrow mornin we’ll truck you up the jump-off.” Pair of deuces going nowhere.

Related Characters: Joe Aguirre (speaker), Ennis del Mar, Jack Twist
Related Symbols: Brokeback Mountain
Page Number: 6-7
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Joe Aguirre Character Timeline in Brokeback Mountain

The timeline below shows where the character Joe Aguirre appears in Brokeback Mountain. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
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They are introduced in the presence of their boss, Joe Aguirre, who instructs Ennis to be the camp tender and Jack to be the herder. He... (full context)
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...one brief exchange in which they both insist that they aren’t “queers.” One day, Joe Aguirre watches them have sex through binoculars. He subsequently treats Jack coldly when he delivers the... (full context)
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...and prove very difficult to separate. Snow arrives early on the mountain in mid-August, and Aguirre calls for them to bring the herd down. Aguirre pays the men for their summer... (full context)
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...homosexual relationship, they’ll be beaten, or even murdered. Jack declines to tell Ennis that Joe Aguirre revealed to him that he knew about their relationship, and refused to hire him for... (full context)