Exposing traumas in Stephen King’s The Shining and Doctor Sleep

Jessica Folio

Abstract


This article aims at casting an innovative light on Stephen King’s The Shining (1977) and its sequel, Doctor Sleep (2013) by showing how theories of trauma are applicable to the mainstream American writer’s work. On the stage set up for his readers, King unveils a journey of traumas but he also lifts up the curtain on the ways to cope with the consequences of these traumas. Both narratives follow the flawed hero, Danny Torrance, reveal the shattering experiences lived by the latter as a five-year-old child in The Shining and the ensuing post traumatic disorders in Doctor Sleep. The texts not only offer a coalescence of traumas, representing a journey of repression and haunting but they equally open the way on the possibility of healing.


Keywords


trauma, repression, regression, disorders, repetition compulsion, healing.

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