Mickey's Mellerdrammer reveals some of the more humorous and relevant aspects of early 20th century melodrama. In what way does the “villain” in Mickey’s Mellerdrammer, most aptly representing Simon Ligree from Stowe's novel, represent classic, cliched American early 20th century melodrama?
In the first chapter of Playing the Race Card, Williams defines melodramas as anything where "emotional and moral registers are sounded, if a work invites us to feel sympathy for the virtues of beset victims, if the narrative trajectory is ultimately concerned with a retrieval and staging of virtue through adversity and suffering." (pp. 15) In your opinion, can a piece of literature or film be melodramatic despite having none of these three characteristics? And on the contrary, can a piece of work have these three characteristics without being viewed as a melodrama?