Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe

by Fannie Flagg

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How are Idgie and Evelyns life experiences similar in Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe? How are they different?

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Evelyn's relationship with Ninny parallels Idgie's relationship with Ruth. As Ninny spins the tales of Idgie's experiences, Evelyn is inspired and gains strength from each new revelation. Both women find solace and truth in their best friends, & use that relationship as an anchor throughout their lives.

Evelyn is much more unsure of herself, & she struggles with her self-esteem in a way that Idgie never does. It is only through the stories that Ninny tells that Evelyn can become the person she's meant to be. In the alter ego of "Towanda", Evelyn can say the things she never thought possible, & take charge of her own life. In her relationship with her husband, Evelyn is much closer to Ruth, although she does not suffer physical abuse. Instead, she's trapped in a stereotypical housewife role, with a husband who neglects her needs. But she takes a cue from Idgie's rebelliousness and transforms into a strong modern woman.

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