The Shining Essay Topics & Writing Assignments

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Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

1) Discuss how Jack Torrance's character changes from the beginning of the novel to the end.

2) How does his attitude change toward his family?

3) How does his attitude toward his fathering techniques change?

4) What are the differences in his attitude toward the way his father treated his mother differ from the beginning to the end of the novel?

Essay Topic 2

1) Summarize how Stephen King uses local color and imagery to describe the Overlook hotel.

2) Cite descriptive examples of rooms, décor, landscaping, the view, and the weather.

3) Does the imagery King uses depict a clear and accurate picture of the Overlook and surrounding landscape?

Essay Topic 3

1) Evaluate the relationship between Danny and his mother, Wendy.

2) How does Jack affect their relationship with one another?

3) What is it that causes Wendy to worry so much about Danny?

4) Give examples from the story of how they interact with one...

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