The Hero And Villain Paradigm In The Shining

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The Hero and Villain Paradigm in The Shining

Kubrick’s film The Shining is a loose adaption of King’s novel with different implications and themes. When comparing Kubrick’s variations on theme and plot with King’s, the conclusions drawn from both the novel and the film are more meaningful. One of the most important differences is how the hero and villain paradigm is presented and how it influences the source of anxiety in both versions. By choosing to emphasize different areas of the story, the artists’ manipulate their audiences’ view of how the protagonist fits in the hero and villain spectrum. In his novel, King uses long descriptive passages to build Jack’s character. Knowing Jack’s past and his thoughts allow readers to empathize with him and attribute his monstrous actions to outside forces. The psychological battle between Jack and the Overlook help establish Jack as a failed hero and the Overlook as the antagonist or evil outside force. By contrast, Kubrick’s adaption, which ignores most of Jack’s nuances, makes it easier for the audience to distance themselves from Jack and to view him as a villain. Comparing King and Kubrick’s portrayal of Jack shows that tension can stem from an internal conflict or an outwardly one. King’s conflict focuses on Jack’s quest to battle his internal demons so that the reader is very much invested in Jack’s success. Jack’s decent into madness is met with anxiety as the reader strives to see if it is possible for him to come back to reality. In Kubrick’s version the audience is distant from Jack and anticipate that he will commit a horrible crime. Tension is created as the audience waits to see whether Wendy and Danny will be able to realize the danger they are in and escape in time.

One of the biggest thematic differences between the novel and the film is that King establishes Jack as a potential hero on a quest for redemption. Early in the novel, King refers to Jack’s dark past and suggests that the Overlook is his last chance for salvation. The reader’s empathy towards Jack begins with understanding Jacks reasons for taking his family to a deserted hotel in the winter. In light of the last caregivers’ fates, showing us Jack’s motives is important for King to preserve Jack’s image as a hero. In the “Job Interview” King uses italics and parenthesis to draw the reader’s attention to Jack’s thoughts and motives. Through the use of italics, King is able to insert Jack’s thoughts into the dialog, which allows the reader to understand the impact the conflict has on his psyche. One of the first examples of how King shows his readers Jack’s emotional responses to conflict is during his interview with Mr. Ullman. Following Mr. Ullman’s statement that he would prefer not to hire Jack, “ Jack’s hands were clenched tightly in his lap, working against each other, sweating. Officious little prick, officious little prick, officious little prick, officious-” (1. 6). King’s inserts of Jack’s thoughts are...

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