Fried Green Tomatoes At The Whistle Stop Cafe

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Nothing Wrong With a Little Southern Hospitality

“Now George, you know you can’t go in Avondale Park, they just had a big Klan meeting over there the other night. As soon as you set one foot in that gate, they’d shoot your head off in a minute” (Flagg 145). This is a prime example of one of many horrid quotes from the distinguished novel, Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe. This novel was written by Fannie Flagg during the 1980’s. It was a time that bigot minded voters sought for change and a backlash on the American Civil Rights era. Fannie Flagg was known as a witty humored, powerful activist, and the comedian that stole the show. From themes of affection to hatred, Flagg tries to write for the betterment of the world.
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Through the novel you clearly notice how cooking and religion played a big role in the character’s everyday lives.

Deep down South, religion is the core to their societies livelihood. Like the characters in Fried Green Tomatoes, Flagg grew up in a religious Christian based household. Within the novel, religion played a part in their daily lives through weekly bible group meetings (Flagg 70). The importance of the characters faith is also demonstrated through the way the Threadgoode’s father parented,“Momma said the only reason Poppa didn’t give them a spanking is because that preacher was a Baptist. But it never caused a serious rift, because after church we’d all meet back home for our Sunday dinner” (23). Along with religion, southern foods and the feeding of everyone also played a huge factor in the novel. Characters would get excited over being feed traditional southern food (341). Though living in the south was a potent part of the novel, Flagg’s losses throughout her lifetime impacted Fried Green Tomatoes greatly.

In regard to the dispirited sense of the novel, Fannie Flagg circles around a story of a depressed middle aged women, and stories of her own hometown in Whistle Stop Alabama. Throughout, Flagg often references to her childhood losses and how she overcame these tough times. This relates to how Fannie Flagg lost both of her parents at a young age.
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