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Title: He'll Huff and He'll Puff and He'll Blow Your House Down: Domestic Violence and The Shining

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Subject: Music and Movies
Author: Philip W
Date: March 10, 2015
Level: University
Grade: A
Length: 2 / 471
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Wendy and Danny, after being chased throughout the hotel with an axe, have turned to taking shelter in a bathroom ? they are now cornered. Wendy's main concern is to save her child ? she sends him down a snowbank out the bathroom window ? but is not able to escape herself, and so takes up a knife. Her husband then begins breaking down the door, likening the situation to the story of The Three Little Pigs...

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Her husband then begins breaking down the door, likening the situation to the story of The Three Little Pigs. The actions and interactions of the characters in this scene follow the template of the most common domestic violence situations. The perpetrator coaxes to let him in, to let him beat her. Those not involved think he is crazy to even ask (after all, who would willingly and knowingly let someone beat oneself?), but this is a key characteristic of abusive relationships; the abuser believes he has control and, in many cases, the victim does as well, even if it seems that s/he has handed it over to the perpetrator...

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