The Shining is a confirmation of the concept – ‘resident evil’.
The photograph of a ball dated 4th July, 1921 where Jack Nicholson is seen is the proof of it. Let’s take backward steps to see how it all fits in:
- Jack Torrance (Jack Nicholson) dies in the maze, trying to murder his son Danny. The reason for his extra effort to kill the child (even before the mother when he had all the chance) is because of the child’s psychic powers. Danny called help (Dick Hallorann) through telepathy which shouldn’t have happened. The child could foresee certain things that alerted the mother. The child was more of a threat to the evil in Jack Torrance than an easy target.
- Grady (the man known to have butchered his family during their stay at the Overlook Hotel) tells Torrance, with quite some gravity, that he has always been the care taker. It confirms that Grady referred to the evil in Torrance that was becoming alive with each passing moment.
- Torrance seems to recognize Grady at one go – this establishes a kind of familiarity between the two from before times. Grady mentions that he sees the murders he committed as ‘corrective measures’ to reassure evil!
- Torrance meets Grady at the bar where people were dressed as they were in a ball (echoing the ball of 4th July, 1921) where Torrance happens to be present. That suggests that the evil in Torrance was the one who endeavoured a mass killing in that ball. How do I suggest the mass killing? Well, Torrance’s wife Wendy comes into the bar and sees the same people as skeletons dressed for the ball. This definitely suggests that everyone died in that photograph dated 4th July, 1921.
- When Jack Torrance goes to check out which lady was in Room 237 who tried to suffocate Danny, he is not surprised to see the young lady in the bathtub. His reaction shows a kind of happiness as if he has seen someone he had met a long time ago (probably his lover in 1921??). But when he sees that he is kissing an old lady, it signifies the passage of time and brings us back to the reality!
I feel that it ends with two resonant notes:
Firstly, this time Jack Torrance fails to murder his family and thus couldn’t carry on the ritualistic evil slaughters.
Secondly, the ‘shining’ or psychic powers can be used for betterment and prevent a REDRUM!!
Copyright © 2015 by Amrita Kar Roy