History Literature / TheShining

23rd Aug '16 5:51:37 PM Trippetta
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**One of the biggest of these is unemployment and is in large part why he stays at the Overlook rather than fleeing when he and his family had a chance. Yes, he is already under the control of the hotel, but his fear of living in poverty and trying to survive on food stamps and church handouts is a very real and understandable one.
25th Jul '16 7:33:41 AM SilverDragon
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* TheAllegedCar: The Torrance's beat up old Volkswagen, which is basically fallng apart by the time Jack gets the caretaker job. They plan to retire it once they reach the Overlook, and uses the hotel truck for trips to Sidewinder until the snow comes.

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* TheAllegedCar: The Torrance's beat up old Volkswagen, which is basically fallng apart by the time Jack gets the caretaker job. They plan to retire it once they reach the Overlook, and uses use the hotel truck for trips to Sidewinder until the snow comes.
16th Mar '16 11:16:56 AM eroock
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A 1977 novel by Creator/StephenKing. King's third published novel, '''''The Shining''''' became a bestseller, and established King as a preeminent author in the horror genre.

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A 1977 novel by Creator/StephenKing. King's third published novel, '''''The Shining''''' ''The Shining'' became a bestseller, and established King as a preeminent author in the horror genre.
29th Jan '16 5:20:21 AM Aquila89
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* HiddenDepths: Because his parents are either fearful or disbelieving of his talents, he doesn't let on how strong his powers are, or how he can use them. He is also quite a bit more intelligent and mature than he lets on.

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* HiddenDepths: Because his Danny's parents are either fearful or disbelieving of his talents, he doesn't let on how strong his powers are, or how he can use them. He is also quite a bit more intelligent and mature than he lets on.
29th Jan '16 4:42:08 AM Aquila89
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* GoingColdTurkey: Jack and his friend Al Shockley both quit drinking instantly after hitting a bike parked in the middle of the road one night while both of them were very drunk.
28th Jan '16 7:52:40 PM rtan
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* BenevolentBoss: Jack Torrance gives Al Shockley every reason to fire him after Jack calls Stuart Ullman threatening to write what amounts to a smear job on his hotel. It is not just a danger to Shockley's investment, but a personal betrayal from a dear friend that he'd bent over backwards to help. He does not fire Jack, knowing the effect it will have on the Torrance family.


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* CantGetAwayWithNuthin: Astonishingly, this is how Jack feels after being allowed to keep his job, in spite of his behavior absolutely justifying his termination as caretaker. Instead of being grateful for avoiding a devasting and self-inflicted disaster, he stews in resentment of Al Shockley for requiring, as a condition of his continued employment, that Jack not write a potentially damaging exposè on the Overlook Hotel.


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* FanDisservice: There are a pair of instances of undead people in bathtubs, and the way their nudity is described is particularly unappealing.


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* HiddenDepths: Because his parents are either fearful or disbelieving of his talents, he doesn't let on how strong his powers are, or how he can use them. He is also quite a bit more intelligent and mature than he lets on.


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* InfoDump: The scrapbook found in the basement is a rather enjoyable example.
28th Jan '16 7:23:42 PM rtan
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* EarlyInstallmentWeirdness: The narrative tone of this book is quite a bit more tight and literary than most of Stephen King's later stories. Compare its prose to the much looser and more casual prose in the sequel, ''Literature/DoctorSleep''.
14th Jan '16 6:58:18 PM rtan
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* HopeSpot: The first few months at the hotel seems like a new beginning for the Torranc's. Jack's play is coming along, the rift between Jack and Wendy is mending, and the difficulties of the past three years seem to be fading. Then the snow comes...

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* HopeSpot: The first few months at the hotel seems like a new beginning for the Torranc's.Torrances. Jack's play is coming along, the rift between Jack and Wendy is mending, and the difficulties of the past three years seem to be fading. Then the snow comes...comes...
** A darker example occurs while Jack is in the equipment shed. [[spoiler: Tasked with getting his family away from the hotel, he has to find the snowmobile's battery in order for it to function. He really does not want to do it, and he starts to feel relief when he doesn't see it... and then, he does. This upsets him so badly that he intentionally sabotages the vehicle.]]



* TheNapoleon: Overlook manager Stuart Ullman, a short man who acts like a smarmy bully with Jack and lords over his employees with an iron fist. Very much subverted, in that he is actually a decent enough man who deeply loves the Overlook Hotel and wants to do what is best for it. Ullman knows that his employees don't like him, and doesn't care, because he feels that "one has to be a bit of a bastard" in order to effectively manage a world-class resort hotel. Considering that he is the only manager in the ''70-year history of the hotel'' to run the hotel profitably, he's probably right.

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* TheNapoleon: Very much subverted. Overlook manager Stuart Ullman, Ullman is a short man who acts like a smarmy bully with Jack and lords over his employees with an iron fist. Very much subverted, in that he He is actually a decent enough man who deeply loves the Overlook Hotel and wants to do what is best for it. Ullman knows that his employees don't like him, and doesn't care, because he feels that "one has to be a bit of a bastard" in order to effectively manage a world-class resort hotel. Considering that he is the only manager in the ''70-year history of the hotel'' to run the hotel profitably, he's probably right.



* NostalgiaHeaven: This is the plot. Dead people stay in the hotel forever as ghosts at a 1945 party.
14th Jan '16 6:25:15 PM rtan
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* HairTriggerTemper: Jack Torrance has one and it causes endless grief to everyone around him. His dad was even worse, because he'd lose his temper for ''no reason at all.''
14th Jan '16 4:08:28 PM rtan
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* TheNapoleon: Overlook manager Stuart Ullman, a short man who acts like a smarmy bully with Jack and lords over his employees with an iron fist.

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* TheNapoleon: Overlook manager Stuart Ullman, a short man who acts like a smarmy bully with Jack and lords over his employees with an iron fist. Very much subverted, in that he is actually a decent enough man who deeply loves the Overlook Hotel and wants to do what is best for it. Ullman knows that his employees don't like him, and doesn't care, because he feels that "one has to be a bit of a bastard" in order to effectively manage a world-class resort hotel. Considering that he is the only manager in the ''70-year history of the hotel'' to run the hotel profitably, he's probably right.
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