1. Williams writes that "The constant threat of rape was not simply a rationalization used to obscure the real function of keeping black men in their place, it was also a way to keep white women in their place." (107) Therefore, it would be safe to assume that one of the functions of the melodramatic literature was to advocate the subordination of white women to white men making the hierarchical system of white man > white woman > black man > black woman. How was this idea advocated/opposed in Stowe's Uncle Tom's Cabin?
2. Williams used the expression"leaping fish" multiple times throughout his writing about both Melodrama and Uncle Tom's Cabin. What do you think he means by this expression?
3. On page 15, Williams explains about swimmer Tom Dolan, Gymnist Kerri Strug and other athletes in the 1996 Olympics. In what way does he think that the 1996 Olympics was melodramatic? Can you think of other examples where melodrama was used in the context of sports and what was the role of the national television in those instances?