The Shining

Dylan Wing
      Anxiety Amplified
Stephen King successfully uses suspense in the Part Two of The Shining to keep his readers actively involved.   In Part One, the audience is provided with a vivid description of the previous murder/suicide at the Overlook Hotel. This information added to the description of Jack’s alcoholism and violence, make the audience uneasy about Jack’s decision to take the job as caretaker.   Stephen King has given his readers the facts that will keep them emotionally involved in the novel.
In Part Two, Mr. Ullman tours Jack and his family around the Overlook. The reader’s anticipation increases throughout the visit. While in the Presidential Suite, Danny with his unique abilities, sees ”Great splashes of dried blood, flecked with tiny bits of grayish-white tissue.”(134) Danny turns away from the wall and the blood disappears. As the group leaves the suite Danny turns back to the wall and notices fresh blood covering the wall.   Danny doesn’t tell Jack or Wendy what he has seen because he doesn’t want to scare them.   However, those reading the novel desperately want Danny to warn his parents that only bad things will come if they stay.   The anxiety that the reader is experiencing is what Alfred Hitchcock describes as the “emotional process” needed to make suspense.  
Throughout the first two parts of the novel, we are learning the truth of Danny’s supernatural powers. Danny’s visions are foreshadows when something dreadful is going to occur.   In the end of Part Two, Mr. Ullman instructs Jack to take good care of the Overlook Hotel. Jack insures Mr. Ullman that everything will be fine. Danny is uneasy and a thought flashes into his head “(but will we?)” (144) This gives the audience additional information that insures that the Overlook is a scary place where something awful is going to happen.   There is no doubt that the reader is worried about the fate of this family.
In Part Two the audience is exposed to more in depth details...