The Shining

Written by Gracie Cooper. Posted in Books

If you are a passionate reader, you surely like to read many books which fall in various categories and genres like science fiction, horror, thriller, mystery, romance and many more. However, if you like horror in books, you probably know that this genre relies on elements such as supernatural powers, murders and apocalyptic events. Today, we are going to discuss about the novel The Shining, by Stephen King.

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The first thing you need to know is that this book was published in 1977 and it brought Stephen King’s success as a horror writer. After only three years, a movie was shot after this bestseller, which made this book even more popular among people.

The Shining’ plot follows the line of a dramatic story, in which a family has to struggle against forces of evil, like ghosts and spirits of the dead. The main characters of the book are given by the Torrance family, which gathers Jack Torrance, Wendy Torrance and Danny Torrance. Other figures like Dick Hallorann, Stuart Ullman and Horace Derwent are secondary characters that are used in the novel to highlight the primary characters.

John Torrance is a father and a teacher and his life seems to be ruled by the fact that he is an alcohol addict. In fact, he comes to be expelled from school, due to the fact that he has bad temper and beats a student. Soon, he finds another job as a caretaker at an isolated hotel, named the Overlook Hotel. From now on, both his life and the one of those making his family change, and spirits of the dead and ghosts come on stage.

Jack’s son, Danny, although is only 5 years old, is endowed with supernatural powers, meaning that he can see things that normal people can’t. Basically, the title of the book is a symbol of the supernatural capacities the little boy has. Danny can see the future, read people’s minds and even use telepathic communication with other people endowed with the same ability to communicate. He becomes the main “target” of the evil spirits. But, since he is “special” and manages to get rid of the spirits that want to control his mind, the Overlook’ spirits turn to control his father, who comes to be violent and injury his wife, as well as other people whom he comes in contact with. In a moment of lucidity, he tells Danny that he loves him and that he would better runaway from him. The Shining ends with the hotel being destroyed by an explosion, and with Jack Torrance being killed.