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As the film progresses we realize that the snow plays a much moreimportant role than what we initially realize Snow is not just used toset the scene in the Colorado Rockies When comparing the beginning andending of this film any argument formed through analysis would beincomplete without discussing the importance of the element of snow tothe films development In the first image we ever see of the Overlookhotel from afar the eye is immediately drawn to the snow-cappedmountains behind it The mountains loom close but still so far awayand the brilliant white of their peaks against the blue sky is anunforgettable image This isolated location is not the destination ofour journey Certainly for the characters in the movie and thus usfrom a viewers standpoint the Overlook Hotel is our literaldestination However it is not our figurative destination Thatdestination lies in the snow The Shining opens with the stunning scenery of Colorado mountains Largeand looming as well as dark and formidable the mountains speak of thevast unoccupied land that we the viewers are bringing ourselves toThe shadows lying on the ground varying in shape and size at any givenpoint bring a sense of time to the viewer We are constantly aware ofthe presence of the sun When the small yellow Volkswagen comes intofocus below us we follow it that we are following the vehicle It is atthis point that the viewer becomes really immersed into the sceneQuestions are being asked We realize that we are climbing a mountainIs this a literal or a figurative climb and to where will it lead usWe begin to realize that we are climbing to the mountains peak - to thesnow Between the beginning and end of the film we are continually met withthe mention of snow Ullman mentions in the interview scene that thewinters are fantastically cruel Kubrick He also speaks of theisolation experienced by those that stay over the winter in the hotelas well as foreshadowing later events in
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