he reader is drawn immediately into the book by the image of Ennis waking up and starting his morning in the way that most people would wake up (except that most people do not urinate in the sink), and this image sets the stage for future images.
The first few pages of the book give the reader an understanding of the two men, where they live and what they are doing. Most of the imagery that is relevant to the story begins on page 16. By this time, Ennis and Jack have made love together and they have been observed by Aguirre, the owner of the ranch and their employer. There are two passages that are important to the theme of the story. By this time, Aguirre has become angry about what the boys are doing, but he does not say anything. He sends word to them to bring them down the mountain because "another, bigger storm was moving in from the Pacific" (16). This image is a symbol of Aguirres anger. He begins by seeing them on the mountain, he goes up the mountain and "fixes jack with his bold stare" (16) but he does not say anything about what he saw. Later, as the boys come down the mountain and the "stones [are] rolling at their heels" (16) projects the helter-skelter way in which the men love one another.
There are many images that use symbols from nature. The "thunder growling" and "hot jolt scalded Ennis" (21) is representative of the heat between the two men and the thunderous passion of coming together again. There is also the "electrical current [that] snapped between them" (22). Their relationship is nothing but an ever moving passion, but there is time that they must spend apart to live a "normal" life. Both men in the beginning want to believe that they are not gay, so they get married and have children. This is how many men and women had to live to be safe in their love of someone of the same sex.
Later, when Ennis and Jack get together after four years, the men realize that they are very much in love with each other but there is nothing that they can do