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The Shining

The Shining


by Stephen King

The Supernatural Quotes in The Shining

How we cite our quotes: Citations follow this format: (Chapter.Paragraph)

Quote #4

"What you got, son, I call it shinin on, the Bible calls it having visions, and there's scientists call it precognition. […] They all mean seeing the future." (11.78)

Even though Halloran has been shining all his life, he doesn't really understand that much about it. For instance, he tells Danny what he already knows, that the visions don't always come true. Of course, he doesn't tell him why and might not know himself. In addition to seeing the future and reading minds, Danny's ability allows him to see the past too, in the form of the Overlook's ghosts and other phenomena.

Quote #5

"I'm going to eat you up, little boy. And I think I'll start with your plump, little cock." (41.20)

Some readers find this one of the most disturbing passages in the novel. It suggests that even more so than the woman in 217, the evil at the Overlook manifests in sexually predatory behavior. Here, it seems directed at Danny because he's a child. It makes us fear all the more what the Overlook will do to Danny if something doesn't give.

Quote #6

"The manager," Grady said. "The hotel, sir. Surely you realize who hired you, sir." (44.57)

In Jack's "Character Analysis" we look at the way King plays on the idea of The Overlook as some kind of annex of hell, which would make "the manager," the devil. What do you think? Who or what is the manager Grady is talking about?

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