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In his novel The Shining Stephen King communicates the traditional themes of the corruption of innocence and the supernatural and paranormal as well as such modern themes as the impact of popular culture on society contextual feminist beliefs as well as the materialistic behaviours of modern American society Kings adjustment of traditional Gothic elements to portray these themes renders it a classic of the modern Gothic genreThe Shining is a widely commended novel of the modern Gothic Genre as Stephen King thoroughly explores the corruption of innocence This Gothic concept recurs throughout the text as Jack is continually manipulated by a living presence in the Overlook hotel When Jack discovers the hotels scrapbook it becomes a destructive addiction as it allows him to investigate the hotels past while remaining unaware of its influence on the present or its effect on his family Jack becomes aware and jealous that the hotel is more interested in Danny and his supernatural abilities than in himself The Overlook exploits these flaws to corrupt Jack entirely changing his attitude towards his family The juxtaposition This inhuman place makes human monsters stresses the corruption of innocence as Danny is warned about the hotels intention to corrupt Jack although Danny originally misunderstands this warning The adjective inhuman characterises the Overlook as a menacing creature while the oxymoron human monsters implies the Overlooks eventual corruption of Jack The repetition It was hiding behind Daddys face it was wearing Daddys face it was wearing Daddys clothes But it was not his Daddy chapter 54 p 466 the personal pronoun it refers to the entity of the Overlook and highlights its possession of Jack In the metaphor Now he tended more and more to see Denker as a Mr Chips figurebut rather the destruction of a kindly old teacher and headmaster unable to see through the cynical wiles of this monster masquerading as a boy ch 32 p 285 the Overlooks corruption of
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