The Shining: All Meaning and No Play by Stanley Kubrick Essay

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Initially tanking at the box office, Stanley Kubrick's The Shining garnered a cult following and high appreciation many years after premiering. The film, differing from Stephen King's original novel, lacked speed and coherence; however, fans accumulated after noticing small details that conveyed entirely different messages. The director dedicated attention to every detail, causing confusion after noticeable inconsistencies and pointless-seeming deviations from the book. Stanley Kubrick's The Shining spawned numerous discussions through multiple enigmatic, open-ended components and deep-reaching symbolism. The film exhibits American issues of 1920s chauvinism as Jack, slowly adopting the bigots' life philosophies, attempts to join an …show more content…
They conclude that the man will “jump off the wagon then accept their misogynistic perspective....and then commit adultery” just to experience pleasure (Smith 302); the spirits showcase their power and confirm Jack's ability to conform to chauvinistic views in order to enter the similar celebration. The woman in room 237 also represents the party-goers requirement of Jack to leave his family. Attempting to eliminate the “cement shoes of a family holding him down,” the ghosts let the adulteress degenerate from beautiful to ugly, showing their ability to “make things ugly fast” (303). The white bigots long ago found bachelorhood more exciting, forcing the man to adopt the philosophy by enticing him with its possible rewards. Kubrick utilizes multiple small details to hint at and help deal with the Holocaust. Throughout the movie, the number forty-two appears quite often, appearing “on Danny's sweatshirt” and representing the number of times “Wendy Torrance swings the her husband” and the “number of cars in the parking lot” at the hotel (Jacobson; Hogan). Forty-two also stands for 1942, the year when Hitler's Final Solution to persecute and eliminate Jews reached approval. Also relating to the Holocaust, Jack Terrance's typewriter garnered fame as a related symbol. The old-fashioned typewriter and its user symbolize “the Third Reich's mechanical methods of killing people and their obsession

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