Study Guide

The Shining Language and Communication

By Stephen King

Language and Communication

Chapter 4
Danny Torrance

"[…] vague things that had to do with security, with Daddy's selfimage, feelings of guilt and anger and what was to become of them." (4.6)

This is Danny doing some one way communication – reading his mothers thoughts. We think King does a great job of filtering adult thoughts through the innocent eyes of a child.

"NO SWIMMING. DANGER! LIVE WIRES. THIS PROPERTY CONDEMNED." (4.38)

Danny at fifteen (otherwise know as Tony), tries to alert five-year-old Danny to the Overlook's danger through the use of signs. This is pretty weird since Tony must know that Danny can't read. Even Tony's communications with Danny are a huge struggle.

Chapter 10
Dick Halloran

"(Sure you don't want to go to Florida, doc)" (10.45)

Halloran says this to Danny, but without moving his lips! It's Danny's first experience with two-way psychic communication.

Chapter 11
Dick Halloran

"You shine on boy, harder than anyone I ever met in my life. […]. You got a knack. […] Me I've always called it shining. That's what my grandmother called it, too. She had it. We used to sit in the kitchen when I was a boy and have long talks without even opening our mouths." (11.7, 9)

Halloran seems to be suggesting that shining is something that can be developed through practice, something Danny is already figuring out.

Chapter 15

"Roque. Stroke. Redrum." (15.59)

This is an example of what Jack and Wendy hear when Danny is in Tony-land, the land of shadows. It alludes to the fact that a man staying at the Overlook had a stroke on the roque court.

Chapter 26
Jack Torrance

"You're dead, you're in your grave, you're not in me at all!" (26.32)

Here, we have Jack talking to his father, whose voice is coming out of the radio before Jack smashes it. It shows how desperately Jack is trying to overcome his troubled past. Sadly, Jack's father is in him, and by the end of the novel Jack becomes a version of him. When the Overlook possesses him, he forgets his own words and speaks only in his father's words.

"I repeat, an enormously important announcement from your father. Please stay tuned or tune immediately to the Happy Jack frequency." (26.21)

Yep. This is when Jack hears his mother's voice coming from the radio. It's hard to know if this is a hallucination, or something the Overlook does. Either way, it suggests that Jack thinks his mother is complicit with his father in trying to hurt Jack.

Chapter 38
Danny Torrance

"(!!! OH DICK OH PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE COME !!!)" (38.36)

Danny's psychic cry for help gets Dick's attention, but also nearly get him killed. It overpowers his current reality and strands him momentarily in the world of the minds.

Chapter 41

"(GET OUT OF HIS MIND, YOU LITTLE SHIT!)"(41.8)

This time the Overlook or one of his agents is poking into Danny's mind, when Danny's trying to read Jack's. It's a pretty frightening moment.

Chapter 49

(GET OUT OF HERE YOU DIRTY NIGGER TURN AROUND THIS IS NONE OF YOUR BUSSINESS […] TURN AROUND OR WE WE'LL KILL YOU HANG YOU UP FROM A TREE LIMB […]) (49.66)

In addition to being sexually predatory and violent, the Overlook seems to be racist as well. Or, perhaps, it's just telling Halloran whatever it thinks will be most successful in scaring him away from the hotel. It doesn't scare him off, but it does make him go off the road. The inconvenient thing about shining is that it can block out the 'real world' and it doesn't care what you're doing at the time.

Chapter 55
Danny Torrance

"No," Danny said. He took one of his father's bloody hands and kissed it. "It's almost over." (55.63)

Danny communicates so much with these simple words and this simple gesture.

Jack Torrance

"Run away. Quick. And remember how much I love you." (55.60)

Jack's last words to Danny will leave the child with a little sweetness to temper all the pain.

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