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The Help

The Help


by Kathryn Stockett

The Help Allusions and Cultural References

When authors give shout outs to other great works, people, and events, it's usually not accidental. Put on your super-sleuth hat and figure out why.

Literary References

J.D. Salinger, Catcher in the Rye (6.4)
Ralph Ellison, Invisible Man (6.181, 6.183)
Let Us Now Praise Famous Men (6.229)
Harper Lee, To Kill a Mockingbird (8.73, 12.23, 18.15 27.101)
W.E.B. Du Bois, The Souls of Black Folk (12.24)
Emily Dickinson (12.24)
Mark Twain, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (12.24)
Frederick Douglass, An American Slave (13.85)
Francis Benton, Etiquette (29.66)

Historical References

Jackie Kennedy (1.43)
President Thomas Jefferson (5.112)
President Franklin D. Roosevelt (5.114)
President Abraham Lincoln (5.116)
Ross Barnett (6.159)
President John F. Kennedy (6.160, 14.175)
James Meredith (6.160)
Sigmund Freud (12.26)
Medgar Evers (12.151, 14.141, 14.142, 14.155, 14.157, 14.175, 15.2)
The Ku Klux Klan (throughout)
Martin Luther King, Jr. (12.75, 15.13, 23.1)
The Birmingham Church Bombing (23.3)

Pop Culture References

Stevie Wonder, "Fingertips" (2.122)
Memphis Minnie (2.123)
Marilyn Monroe (3.4)
The Guiding Light (4.24)
Gone With the Wind (4.25, 11.65, 12.75)
Patsy Cline (5.1)
Ladies' Home Journal (6.6)
Lawrence Welk (6.165)
Li'l Rascals (7.78)
Life magazine (8.73, 12.74, 12.75, 14.175)
Patsy Cline, "Walking After Midnight" (11.58)
Patsy Cline, "Three Cigarettes in an Ashtray" (11.58)
It's a Mad, Mad, Mad World (13.113)
The Beatles, "Love Me Do" (13.125)
Spenser Tracy (13.173)
My Favorite Martian (23.16)
Bob Dylan (27.104)
Peyton Place (29.66)
Harper's Magazine (33.111)

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