Study Guide

The Shining Characters

By Stephen King

Jack Torrance

Jack is an extremely sympathetic character. His power as a protagonist lies in his deep desire,...

Wendy Torrance

Wendy is a brave, courageous woman whose heroics help save her son, herself, and Dick Halloran....

Danny Torrance

In many ways, Danny is every parent's dream. He's intelligent, patient, loving, adventuresome,...

Tony

Tony is perceived differently by different people in the novel. Danny sees Tony, at first, as a...

Dick Halloran

Halloran is a big hero. He nearly loses his life, trying to save a family he's only met once....

Mark Anthony Torrance

Mark is Jack's abusive, alcoholic father, with whom Jack had a love-hate relationship. Although...

Jack's Mother

Jack's mother isn't named, and Jack doesn't express love for her. She was regularly abused by...

Brett, Becky, and Mike Torrance

Brett, Becky and Mike and Jack's older siblings, frequent victims of Mark's abuse. Brett is dead,...

Wendy's Parents

We don't know much about Wendy's parents, who aren't named in the novel. They are divorced and...

Watson

Watson is the caretaker of the Overlook during the season. We can't hear the name "Watson"...

Al Shockley

Al is a puzzling character. His name implies that he's involved with the all things shock...

Mr. Ullman

Ullman hires Jack as caretaker, even though he knows it will likely result in disaster. He only...

Horace (Harry) Derwent

Derwent is a multimillionaire playboy with connections to organized crime, particularly in the...

Roger

If you've seen Kubrick's film version of The Shining and wondered what the deal is with the...

Mrs. Massey, the Woman in 217

Mrs. Massey dies in Room 217 during the 1975 season, so she's the hotel's freshest death at the...

Delores Vickery

Delores Vickery is the "chambermaid" who first sees the ghost of the woman in 217. According to...

Delbert Grady and Family

Delbert Grady was the first caretaker at the Overlook under Ullman's management, in the winter of...

George Hatfield

George is an ex-student who was on Jack's debate team at Stovington Prep. When George is cut from...