This is a play that displays mixed themes, ranging from teenage sexuality, suicide, censorship and even murder. It adds the theme of religious conflict, where culture seems to conflict with the religious standings of the residents living in the heartland of America. There is a tag of war between the residents who have a liberal mind and a sense of cultural sophistication on one hand, and the self-righteous Christians who are closed minded, on the other hand. The play progresses with Tobin’s determination to fight his critics, eventually leading to a show between him and his critics, where the strict Christians and the non-liberal minded residents engage him in the unsuitability of his book (Rapp, 33). This twist is added by the young girls who are committed to copy the book’s heroine, through engaging in teenage sexuality activities, creating more stir in this society.
The emotional instability of Tobin is revealed when he arrives at Midlothia, to attend a board meeting that is convened to discuss this issue. He is not in a state of sanity that can allow him to engage in a rational debate over the banning of his book. However, Tobin is impressed by the fact that everybody in the streets seems to know about his book. The book is so controversial that even the manager of the motel where the meeting is to take place, Edith, has been reading the book two times, and is now reading it for the third time, without being certain whether to support or be against the book (Rapp, 81). The situation is even worse for the English teacher, who has become the target of the vigilante groups opposing the book, following her passionate defense of the book and its writer. The groups opposing the book have become increasingly violent, increasing the fear that they are up to cause harm. Nevertheless, Tobin gains a very strong admirer in Phoebe Strole, who is a niece to the motel manager (Rapp, 55). She is leading a