Sorry for the delay in posting these - My Williams book just came in two hours ago!
1) Williams states that melodramas typically begin and seek to end in a "space of innocence". What role does home and the establishment of a "space of innocence" play in melodramas, and what are some examples of spaces of innocence in popular Disney films?
2) Williams states that a feeling of loss is crucial to crying's relationship to melodrama. In other words, people often cry during melodramas upon realizing that is is too late for a certain course of action, or out of joy upon realizing that something occurred "in the nick of time". For example, we all cried when it was too late for the rescuers to save Jack in the Titanic. What role do the feelings of "too late" and "nick of time" play in melodramas, and are these feelings essential ingredients in the recipe for a powerful melodrama?
3) In Playing the Race Card, Williams frequently mentions that effective melodramas offer a combination of pathos and action. Earlier this year in class it was mentioned that comedies often do not win Oscars over dramas and thrilling action films. Do you think that the lack of pathos and action in comedies plays a significant role in their failure to win frequent Oscars?