Study Guide

Paper Towns Allusions

By John Green

Allusions

Literary and Philosophical References

Historical References

Pop Culture References

  • Pleasantville (Prologue.3)
  • M*A*S*H (1.1.11)
  • The Guinness Book of World Records (1.1.51)
  • Mission Impossible (1.2.45)
  • Free Willy (1.7.70)
  • "Stars Fell on Alabama" (1.8.67; 1.9.2)
  • Jimi Hendrix (2.1.52)
  • Janis Joplin (2.1.52)
  • Minnie Mouse (2.3.22)
  • Woody Guthrie, "This Land is Your Land" (2.3.73)
  • Bob Dylan (2.3.73; 2.15.4)
  • Kermit the Frog (2.3.76)
  • John Coltrane, A Love Supreme (2.4.22)
  • Dizzy Gillespie (2.4.25)
  • Green Day (2.4.25)
  • George Harrison (2.4.25)
  • The Beatles (2.4.28)
  • Blind Boy of Alabama (2.4.28)
  • Blondie (2.4.28)
  • Billy Bragg (2.4.28)
  • The Buzzcocks (2.4.28)
  • The Mountain Goats (2.8.17)
  • Reader's Digest (2.9.25; 2.12.21)
  • Mickey Mouse phone (2.9.25)
  • National Geographic (2.12.21)
  • Winnie the Pooh (2.13.20)
  • Eeyore (2.13.20)
  • Chuck Norris (2.16.11)
  • The Beatles, "Good Morning" (3.10.5)
  • Muhammad Ali (3.19.1)
  • Violent Femmes (3.20.23)