In the book The Shining it's made clear to the readers that the Overlook Hotel wants to possess Danny Torrance so it can use his powerful telepathic power (his 'shine'). It does this by possessing his vulnerable father, Jack Torrance and using him as a puppet to hopefully kill Danny.

However, very early on in the book we meet Dick Hallorann, the head Chef of the Overlook. It's revealed that Dick also has the 'shine' and while he's not nearly as powerful as Danny, his shine is still nothing to scoff at.

My question is, if the Overlook Hotel is trying to become more powerful and can only do so by claiming people with the 'shine', why hasn't the hotel tried to claim Dick Hallorann?

  • Maybe it has, but had yet to be successful. Until he dies there, that is. – Kai Qing Sep 27 '17 at 16:23
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    @KaiQing It's possible, he does tell Danny that he has encountered things in the Hotel before (even warning Danny to stay out of room 217). So, it's possible the Hotel has been trying to claim Hallorann and thus far has been unable to do so, though no one occasion stands out... Though, unlike the movie, Hallorann survives the events at the Overlook. – onewho Sep 27 '17 at 16:39
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    He dies in the Kubrick version, true. The book and the mini-series he escapes. His survival could also be attributed to maturity. He may have encountered the overlook at an age where he would be less open to gullibility or the general lures of the hotel, and that perhaps there's nothing particularly unusual to him about places that have a "past." Which would support the idea that Hallorann isn't intimidated by the hotel, but believes a small boy like Danny could be. – Kai Qing Sep 27 '17 at 17:43
  • Hotel did try to use him close to the end of the book, it was like it's final action before it was completely destroyed. It didn't try earlier because it wasn't that active. – Mithoron Sep 27 '17 at 23:35

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