by Stephen King
Family Quotes in The Shining
How we cite our quotes: Citations follow this format: (Chapter.Paragraph)
"During our first winter I hired a family instead of a single man. There was tragedy. A horrible tragedy." (1.45)
The tragedy in question is Delbert Grady's murder of his wife and daughters. This mention is our first clue that the Overlook hates families and gains power from destroying them.
The greatest terror of Danny's life was DIVORCE, a word that always appeared in his mind as a sign painted in red letters which were covered in hissing, poisonous snakes." (4.6)
Danny's fear of divorce contributes to the tragedy. Unfortunately, his fear of DIVORCE is greater than his fear of REDRUM. For one thing REDRUM is something inconceivable to Danny's innocent mind. Having both a mommy and a daddy is pretty much the most important thing in his life.
It had been that way after Daddy had punished him for messing up the papers in his study and the doctor had to put his arm in a cast. That memory had already faded, but the memory of the DIVORCE thoughts was clear and terrifying. (4.6)
Do you think this passage is realistic, in terms of the way a child might view a relatively isolated incidence of abuse by an otherwise loving and loveable parent?