The Shining: Racism, Classism, and Familial Breakdown

Billy Barnes
Professor Rose Conley
English 116
14 November 2015

The Shining

In The Shining Stanley Kubrick alludes to the detrimental flaws of American history that has led to the various turpitudes of modern society. Kubrick compares the ideas of racism, classism, and the breakdown of the Torrance family to Americana through formal and social strategies including visual metaphors and character development, shedding light on the darker side of America.
From start to finish, an inherent racism is prevalent in this film. At the root of this racism is the fact that we learn the Overlook Hotel is built on an ancient, Indian burial ground. But it is the story behind the construction ...

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to the audience provoking them to examine their racial prejudices. In urging Jack to "correct" his family, Grady warns him that Danny is trying to bring an outside party to intervene, whom he identifies as a "nigger." There is overt racism in the speech, but it is tied to American society through Kubrick's choice of Mise-en-scène. The colors red, white, and blue factor predominantly into this scene and recur throughout the entirety of the film. The walls are vividly red. The bathroom fixtures and floor are bright white. And in the center of it all is Jack's all-American blue jeans. Incorporating these colors into such a racist scene implicates American society, through association, with racist ideals, which Kubrick implies is a factor contributing to a corrupt society.
American classism is also critiqued. Class trumps all, and the Overlook caters to the upper crust of society, which is seen as more important than the "other." Grady, while speaking to Jack, calls Hallorann "a ...

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