The change that takes place in Jack is the critical one. It affects both members of his family. Jack is an aspiring writer, and he believes that the setting will be ideal for him because he will have virtually nothing to do but write. There should be total peace and quiet in such an isolated setting. He finds out, however, that he can't think of anything to write about. This is not an uncommon phenomenon. Aspiring young writers who isolate themselves in cabins or attics or dismal furnished rooms often find themselves staring at empty pages. A young writer needs mental stimulation from the outside world. An older writer may be able to create in isolation because of having accumulating life experience, but a younger writer is likely to discover that there is "no gas in the tank." He may blame this on himself, feeling that he has wasted years of his life, that he has no talent, that he is a failure. And in some cases, as in "The Shining," he may take out his frustrations on others. The only problem is that he doesn't have enough life experience to draw on. Unfortunately, many aspiring young writers--like Don Birnam in Charles Jackson's excellent novel "The Lost Weekend," for example--turn to alcohol and/or drugs and destroy their lives.