The Theme Of White Imperialism In The Shining By Stephen King

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Novelist Stephen King centered on the theme of supremacy characteristic of white males over western native peoples masterfully in his book, The Shining. As a country yearning for new land, a young America stretched its borders into the West. While colonizing, white males believed that they were superior to the native peoples inhabiting the territory, and slaughtered hundreds of them to take over their lands. It’s been believed since those turbulent times in the colonial days of the United States that Native American burial grounds have the capability to kill those who stumble across them due to antiquated native rituals. A similar idea was represented by King, who described a modern middle-class family by the name of Torrance that moved …show more content…
12, par. 5). In addition, a ghostly character known as “the dogman” blocked Danny from visiting Jack in the Hotel (King, The Shining: pg. 495, par. 5). “The dogman” was taken advantage of by an opulent owner of the Overlook, Harry Derwent (King, The Shining: pg. 8, par. 3, & pg. 494, par. 7). In this case, since Derwent was a wealthy person, and placed in a position of high authority, he embodied the white imperialists who abused the natives, who are depicted by “the dogman” (King, The Shining: pg. 8, par. 3 & pg. 494, par. 7). In a twist of events, in this instance, Danny became the fellow native to “the dogman,” who could have been blocking Danny from talking with Jack in order to subliminally tell him that trying to reason with people of authority, like white imperialists, such as Derwent, and Jack, was pointless (King, The Shining: pg. 8, par. 3, & pg. 494, par. 7, & pg. 495, par. 5). In addition, if the letter “n” was removed from “the dogman,” the remaining term would be “dogma” (King, The Shining: pg. 495, par. 5). Since “the dogman” was acting in the Overlook’s best interest, by interfering in the lives of a white family, he was enforcing the Overlook’s dogma that supports the persecution of newcomers to the Hotel (King, The

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