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Trivia for The Night of the Iguana
Contributed by: danielk
Apr 13 2006 5:39PM
Received mixed reviews at its 1961 Broadway premier, some thinking it a mere rehashing of some of Williams' former themes and ideas.
Thought of as perhaps the only Willliams play to end on at least a hopeful note.
Fairly obvious: the tied-up iguana is a metaphor for the Reverned Shannon, cruelly trapped and at the end of his rope.
Not as obvious: why are the Nazis included as dreamlike characters, and what do they symbolize?
Why the parellel between Shannon's struggle to maintain his sanity and Jonathan Coffin's struggle to complete his poem?
Why did Williams always include a non-present "character', usually someone deceased before the play begins? (In this play of course the late character is Fred, Maxine's husband.)
Is Shannon truly a lover of God, totally angry at God and doubting, or a bit of each?

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