1. We have seen from the Communist Manifesto, and from the controversial race issues dealing with Tom and anti-Tom sentiment during the turn of the century that Williams discusses, that melodrama is a highly polarizing medium. Williams, and Singer however also point out the ways in which it is a unifier-- as in American culture post- Birth of a Nation. Do you think that melodrama is more inclined to cause one or the other of these things? Are both equally important and necessary extremities i.e. "two sides of the same coin" as Williams put it to cause social change?
2. Is Disney's comic portrayal of Uncle Tom's Cabin really just some of the Anti-Tom reactionism that Williams discusses?
3. How does the rescue/escape motif found in melodramas that Williams discusses still play a role in today's popular culture?