|Plot Summary of The Shining|
|"Jack, Wendy, and Danny: a simple family, with simple family problems. Problems that manifest when conditions are just right...and there's no escape..."
William Henning, Resident Scholar
|"This is the story of a man suffering from failure in teaching and writing who is also facing a degenerating marriage. He accepts a job as a winter caretaker at a mountain resort with hopes that his friend will be able to get him his teaching job back and with hopes that he will be able to re-gain his creativity in writing. His son has psychic powers and his wife is loving and overprotective of their son. The hotel itself is alive and inherently evil due to the past occurances that happened in it. Throughout the novel, the family must face the challenges presented to it by the hotel and by themselves."
Andy, Resident Scholar
|"A father is a recovered alcoholic, and he loses his job due to his alcohol problem. So now he's offered a job managing a resort/hotel in the winter in Denver Co.
His son Danny, who has the ability to almost foretell what happens, is scared for some reason. He has an imaginary friend, Tony, who is telling him very clearly that something is wrong here at this hotel. His parents don't really believe him, and think he is being silly, until things REALLY do begin to happen. There was trouble from day one with the bees, and it goes on from there.
Room 217 at the hotel is a horror story in itself. It has a great big lock on there, and people are forbidden to enter. Danny is curious, though, and he manages to get a key and enter the room. More trouble starts.
Boppy, Resident Scholar
|"After his father takes a job as caretaker of a secluded hotel/resort for one winter season, the main character must fight for his life when the grim history of the hotel is revived due to his "shine." The battle is further complicated when the presence "attacks" his parents, driving his fahter to madness and his mother to a near-death state. "
K. Barta, Resident Scholar
|Review Analysis of The Shining|
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Ratings are on a 1-10 scale (Low to High)
Composition of Book
descript. of violence and chases - 20%
Planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives - 10%
Feelings, relationships, character bio/development - 40%
How society works & physical descript. (people, objects, places) - 30%
Tone of story
- suspenseful (sophisticated fear)
Time/era of story:
Kid or adult book?
- Adult or Young Adult Book
- Why do they stay in the haunted house/boat?
Is this an ordinary person caught up in events?
How much violence does he/she use?
- a significant amount
Sense of humor
- Mostly serious with occasional humor
- Smarter than most other characters
- an organization
Has special powers?
Magical/mental powers of main antagonist:
- mind control
Motive of antagonist
- climbing on trails
- mostly 3rd
Accounts of torture and death?
- moderately detailed references to deaths
What kind of sex:
- vague references
Unusual form of death?
Amount of dialog
- roughly even amounts of descript and dialog