Questions of mortality haunt the pages of The Shining. Although Danny sees the word redrum and sees that it means murder quite often before Jack tries to kill him and his mother, he doesn't put it together. Part of this is because he can't read well and certainly can't read backwards. Another, bigger part, is because he's innocent. He's aware of death, but has never, ever thought of it in terms of his own parents. In his mind, they are immortal beings. Well, the Overlook opens his eyes in that regard, for sure. By the end of the novel, his take on mortality is quite different. Images and thoughts of murder and suicide haunt this novel, where nobody dies of natural causes, and death is always lurking just around the corner. At the Overlook, you have to fight for life, and win. If not, you'll end up haunting the rooms and halls with all the rest.