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Grady, sir. Delbert Grady.
~ The Caretaker to Jack.

The Hotel Caretaker (real name: Charles Grady) is the main antagonist of the 1977 Stephen King novel The Shining and its 1980 film adaptation. He was once a caretaker of the Overlook Hotel, who went insane, murdered his family and committed suicide. However, his spirit is haunting the hotel and he manipulates Jack Torrance into what he did to his family.

History

When Jack Torrance and his family arrived to the Overlook Hotel, Wendy had taken Danny to a tour through the hotel ,in which they met Dick Hallorran. Meanwhile ,Jack had met with the Hotel managers ,and started his work as the new caretaker whilst also working on a new writing as his occupation as author. However, Jack was warned by the managers who told him the story about the former caretaker who went insane, murdered his family gruesomely and commited suicide.

Right after the meeting, Jack started his work as the caretaker, Danny still meets with Dick, and Wendy is touring the hotel. However, Jack begins to see strange and horrifying visions, which means that the spirit of the former caretaker is in the hotel, and he manipulated Jack into becoming psychotic. As Jack went insane much like the former caretaker, he created some kind of imagantaional friend as the form of Lloyd. His transformation into psychopath gone even further when he had taken an emergency ax from the hotel's emergency stand, and gone on a murderous rampage, killing Dick in the process.

Jack's rampage ends once that Wendy and Danny are defeating him, ultimately defeating the spirit of the caretaker in the process.

Personality

Even if he is unseen throught the film, the Hotel Caretaker is still an extremely diabolical, evil, ruthless and most of all murderous entity. When he was once human, he was much like Jack; a formerly kind, lovely, cocky and caring father for his children, but as he went insane, he murdered his family and himself. In addition to being so murderous and so powerful entity, The Caretaker is also incredibly manipulative as he manages to turn Jack into a loonatic psychopath.

The Caretaker is nearly impossible to defeat, and the only way and the only thing that can defeat him is none other than Danny Torrance, who is possessing the titular supernatural ability of The Shining.

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Trivia

  • Jack Torrance and the Hotel Caretaker have the same similiarities.
  • The Caretaker is the true main antagonist of The Shining itself.
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