As I surmised in my Note on the Shining and has since been confirmed by my watching related videos by the talented film analyst Rob Ager (collativelearning.com), the Overlook Hotel in that film represents the United States of America in many of its less happy aspects.
Anyway, this post to add that there was no way a genius like Kubrick would film a veiled critique of the USA without at least hinting at the most damaging and toxic puritanical work ethic, which is at the heart of the capitalist project.
[Indeed it seems to me that the whole ethos of 'earning one's living' has something of the 'original sin' philosophy about it, in the sense that one has to make up for the mere fact of being born by labouring one's entire adult life as a kind of penance for the guilt of being alive and requiring food and shelter.
Debt slavery through fractional reserve banking and the issuance of fiat currency - a phenomenon alluded to in the film with regards to the whole 'Gold Room' sequence - can indeed be viewed in terms of that puritanical guilt derived from Christian 'original sin'.]
And indeed when is Jack Torrance revealed to be utterly bananas other than the moment his wife discovers mountains of his typed papers that all read, for the most part,
"All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy."Interestingly, it is only once this crazy hamster-wheel-ethic of work for the sake of work is shown in its raw, naked insanity that the film begins to enter its final phase, when Jack becomes openly predatory and murderous towards his wife and son, thereby in a sense fulfilling the 'dull boy' observation of the typed papers.
The scene where Wendy discovers the papers - a turning point in the movie - may also be a hint by Kubrick at how the capitalist work ethic makes white and blue-collar male workers lash out at their families as they vent their frustration at being superfluous, creatively compromised slaves and cogs in the hierarchical, compartmentalised and technocratic machine of corporate America.
Just as so much of the film The Shining deals, in a veiled way, with the topic of intergenerational abuse - on top of 'the detail' of Native American genocide which forms an implicit backdrop to the movie - so it was essential for Kubrick to place the live-to-work paradigm of the United States in its proper unsavoury and dystopian context.