Study Guide

Room Allusions

By Emma Donoghue

Allusions

Literary and Philosophical References

  • Lewis Carroll, Alice's Adventures in Wonderland (referenced throughout)
  • Margaret Wise Brown, The Runaway Bunny (1.169) (1.173) (2.48) (2.387) (3.65) (4.675)
  • William P. Young, The Shack (1.168) (2.161)
  • Stephenie Meyer, Twilight (1.168)
  • Nicholas Sparks, The Guardian (1.168)
  • Dan Brown, The Da Vinci Code (1.168)
  • The Myth of Icarus (2.50)
  • Alexandre Dumas, The Count of Monte Cristo (2.191) (3.440)
  • Jonathan Swift, Gulliver's Travels (2.193)
  • Hans Christian Andersen, The Little Mermaid (2.204)
  • Hansel and Gretel (2.264)
  • Rumpelstiltskin (2.264)
  • William Shakespeare, Romeo and Juliet (3.450)
  • Louis MacNeice, "Snow" (3.579)
  • Eric Carle, The Very Hungry Caterpillar (4.642) (4.797)
  • Shel Silverstein, The Giving Tree (4.462) (4.951)
  • P.D. Eastman, Go, Dog, Go (4.462) (4.797)
  • Dr. Seuss, The Lorax (4.462) (4.951)
  • Beatrix Potter, The Tale of Peter Rabbit (4.462)
  • Antoine de Saint-Exupery, The Little Prince (4.953)
  • T.S. Eliot, "Four Quartets" (5.353)
  • J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter series (5.562)
  • Emily Dickinson, "The soul selects her own society" (5.985)

Historical References

  • Leonardo da Vinci, The Virgin and Child with St. Anne and St. John the Baptist
  • Claude Monet, Impression: Sunrise (1.43) (2.32)
  • Pablo Picasso, Guernica (1.43)
  • Saint Peter and Saint Paul (1.318)
  • The Fall of the Berlin Wall (2.264)

Pop Culture References

  • Los del Río, "Macarena" (1.53)
  • "She'll be Coming 'Round the Mountain" (1.53)
  • "Swing Low, Sweet Chariot" (1.53) (4.1212)
  • "Stormy Weather" (1.53)
  • "Row, Row, Row Your Boat" (1.53)
  • Chumbawumba, "Tubthumping" (1.53) (3.648)
  • Kylie Minogue, "Can't Get You out of My Head" (1.53)
  • "Let it Snow" (1.79)
  • "Winter Wonderland" (1.79)
  • Dora the Explorer (referenced throughout)
  • Transformers (1.103) (4.1097)
  • Bionicle (1.103)
  • SpongeBob Squarepants (1.104) (2.404) (4.848)
  • Superman (1.158) (2.144)
  • Jack the Giant Killer (1.298)
  • "He's Got the Whole World in His Hands" (1.311)
  • Wonder Pets! (1.330) (2.129)
  • Backyardigans (1.330) (2.579)
  • Bill Withers, "Ain't No Sunshine" (1.347)
  • The Beatles, "Here Comes the Sun" (1.347)
  • "Singing in the Rain" (1.446)
  • "Stormy Weather" (1.518)
  • The Weather Girls, "It's Raining Men" (1.518)
  • Everything but the Girl, "Missing" (1.518)
  • Rihanna (1.584)
  • T.I. (1.584)
  • Lady Gaga (1.584)
  • Kanye West (1.584)
  • Bob the Builder (2.129)
  • Barney (2.129)
  • Princess Diana (2.201)
  • The Great Escape (2.738)
  • Woody Guthrie, "This Land is Your Land" (3.37)
  • Tom and Jerry (3.83) (3.588)
  • The Wizard of Oz (3.536) (5.791)
  • Road Runner (3.586)
  • Eminem, "Lose Yourself" (3.648)
  • "Home on the Range" (3.648)
  • The Verve, "Bitter Sweet Symphony" (4.1030)
  • The Beatles, "All You Need Is Love" (4.1034)
  • Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (4.1097)
  • The Stepford Wives (4.1276)
  • Hannah Montana (4.1418)
  • Webkinz (1.1467)