Analyzing Themes In Stephen King's The Shining

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The Shining is a novel published in 1977 by Stephen King, a well-known American author. He was renowned for using supernatural events in many of his stories making them a mixture of horror, gloom, and fantasy. King does a good job in all of his books to keep a relatively gloomy sensation while reading them. The Shining is no exception. This book had me more terrified than any other horror book or movie. While The Shining was a scary book, it also had me thinking about three of the main themes: isolation, violence, and drug and alcohol abuse. While reading the book it seemed like these were all thing that King himself had suffered through. It seems to me that King is using his writings to release the emotions that he had been holding …show more content…
Isolation occurs in several different ways in the book. First, the family is isolated from the outside world because of the harsh terrain that surrounds the Overlook. Secondly, there is the isolation that each family member experiences when trying to get over their own problems and issues. This could be what King used to make a reader keep reading. The feeling of isolation is something that everyone deals with in life at some time. Danny constantly feels alone while wondering the halls of the Overlook. I think that this theme is so strong in the book because it, once again, is something that King felt he had gone through or was still experiencing. I’m not sure as to whether King felt that he was alone physically in the world and no one was there for him, or that he was alone in his fight against alcoholism with no one to help him. Maybe it was a mix of both, and he felt like it was his alcohol abuse that chased people away from him. The Shining was a thrilling book that sent chills down my spine. The way King wrote it made it almost impossible for me to put it down. I found myself getting lost in the words and being sucked into the story. It was like the story was actually happening around me. He used such vivid detail that it took me into the mind of each of the characters. This made the book much scarier than any movie could ever be. So scary, in fact, that I actually found myself crying because of the intense fear I felt. I highly recommend The Shining to anyone who hasn’t read it, but, take caution, because you will be

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