Study Guide

The Shining The Supernatural

The Supernatural

JACK: Hi Lloyd. A little slow tonight, isn't it?

When Jack first starts talking to the camera, we might think that he's just talking to himself. The isolation is clearly getting to him and he is starting to go out of his mind. But little do we know that there is actually another person in the room… or is there?

GRADY: Grady, sir. Delbert Grady.

We're not sure who the man dressed as a butler is at first, but when he says his name is Delbert Grady, it should set off some serious alarm bells. This is the same name of the former character at the Overlook who murdered his family and then himself.

JACK: Mr. Grady, you were the caretaker here. I recognize you. I saw your picture in the newspapers. You chopped your wife and daughters up into little bits, and and you blew your brains out.

Jack doesn't know what's going on at first because he's pretty sure the guy he's talking to is a dead man. If the guy is the real Delbert Grady, then he's been dead for about ten years. Jack recognizes him from the newspapers he's read about the massacre at the Overlook back in 1970.

GRADY: I'm sorry to differ with you, sir, but you are the caretaker. You have always been the caretaker, I should know, sir. I've always been here.

When Jack tells Grady that he killed his family and himself, Grady treats it like a bit of an accusation. In his mind, Jack is the one who is caretaker of the hotel. And according to Grady, he always has been. This claim becomes especially creepy when we see a picture of Jack at the end of the movie that proves he was present at the Overlook in 1921. So wait, does that mean Jack's been a ghost the entire movie, or some kind of reincarnation?

GRADY: Your son has a very great talent. I don't think you are aware how great it is, but he is attempting to use that very talent against your will.

Whoever he is, Grady is pretty adamant about the importance of Jack killing his wife and son. The most important thing for him is that Jack and his family stay at The Overlook forever and ever. But in order for that to happen, Jack needs to make sure his family never leaves… by killing them.

HALLORANN: I can remember when I was a little boy, my grandmother and I could hold conversations entirely without ever opening our mouths. She called it shining.

Whether you believe him or not, Hallorann seems to have an uncanny ability to know what Danny is thinking at all times. Without some sort of theory of telepathy or mindreading, it's awful hard to understand Hallorann's sudden urge to leave Florida and check on Danny and his family.

HALLORANN: And for a long time I thought it was just the two of us that had the shine to us.

For much of his life, Hallorann didn't think that anyone but his grandmother and him could talk just by using their minds. But as he found out in later years, there are some rare people like Danny who have this same ability. Just go ahead an add "mind reading" to the list of all the strange stuff that happens in this movie.

HALLORANN: Just like you probably thought you was the only one. But there are other folks, though mostly they don't know it, or don't believe it.

Hallorann wants Danny to know that other people have the "shining" the same way he does. Hallorann knows it can feel lonely when you have a skill that no one else does and there's no one to talk to about it. But Danny is still scared to talk about the shining with a stranger.

DANNY: It's like I go to sleep, and he shows me things but when I wake up, I can't remember everything.

When Danny finally talks about his "friend" Tony, he says that Tony speaks to him by showing him things like images in a movie. But Danny always has trouble remembering what he's seen when Tony is finished speaking. It's almost as if he blacks out and Tony takes over during these moments.

DANNY: Tony's the little boy who lives in my mouth.

According to Danny, Tony is a little boy who lives in his mouth. It all sounds nice and cute, but we realize early on that there's something sinister going on with Tony, especially when Tony seems to have secret knowledge of all the horrible stuff that's going to happen to Danny and his mom in the future.

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