''Control yourself or ill hit you over the head with my hammer'' (Highway, 40).
''Banging her hammer on the counter...alright, alright. Its obvious we've got a problem here'' (Highway, 58).
''She bangs the hammer regularly throughout the meeting'' (Highway, 62).
The above quotations represent situations in the play where the hammer has been used as a way to gain control over a situation. The fact that the hammer is a threatening weapon allows individuals to use it as a way of scaring others into behaving or doing as they say. In the third quotation I posted the hammer is used regularly throughout a meeting, almost as if it were a court room and the characters are using it as a wooden mallet or gavel, in order to restore control.
Therefore in this reading I see the hammer as a symbol of power, and I feel it is used to control situations in the play that get out of hand.
What is your perspective on the hammer in this play?