48% done with The Shining

Kubrick made a wise decision to drop the hedge animals and go with the maze. Not only does the maze work symbolically (isolation, being lost, being controlled, no escape), it also fits the European style of the hotel – which King was going for with the roque court. Not that the animals are put to bad use in the book, but they feel a bit too large and obvious and don’t fit with the theme of domestic violence and abuse