Goodbye, Columbus Historical Context

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Jewish Holidays

Toward the end of the story, Neil and Brenda agree to spend the weekend of the Jewish holidays together. Specifically, it is during the Jewish High Holy Day of Rosh Hashanah, which is the Jewish New Year and usually occurs in mid to late September. As the end of summer had indicated the end of their relationship, the story's end on the dawn of the Jewish New Year indicates a sense of rebirth and a fresh, new beginning for Neil.

Movie: Ma and Pa Kettle in the City

Neil mentions that he and Brenda sneak into the drive-in movies to see the last fifteen minutes of whatever show is playing that night. They agree that their favorite last fifteen minutes of a movie is Ma and Pa Kettle in the City. This refers to a series of movies released between 1949 and 1955, featuring Ma and Pa Kettle...

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