The Shining | Study Guide

Stephen King

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Overview

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Author

Stephen King

Year Published

1977

Type

Novel

Genre

Horror

Perspective and Narrator

The Shining uses a third-person narrator with omniscient perspective.

Tense

The Shining is written in the past tense.

About the Title

The Shining's title refers to "shine," or psychic abilities. Dick Hallorann, the head cook at the Overlook Hotel, uses this term to describe intuition. Shine is the ability to read minds, communicate telepathically, or see past and future events. Dick says people have varying degrees of shine. Danny Torrance has an unusually strong "shine," which drives the novel's plot. The Overlook Hotel tries to inspire Danny's father to kill him so the hotel can absorb Danny's shine.

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