Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe Analysis

Fannie Flagg

Historical Context

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The Great Depression
Flagg's novel refers to several historical eras, but primarily to the period after the café's...

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Literary Style

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Episodes
An episode is usually a brief segment of action within a larger work, that can be separated from that larger...

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Literary Techniques

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Using transitions between past and present, Flagg presents her story in brief chapters comprising glimpses of action as remembered by Ninny...

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Ideas for Group Discussions

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Set in the South, both during and after segregation, Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe explores the role of friendships...

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Social Concerns

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Fannie Flagg interweaves history and storytelling to create a fictional portrait of an imaginary rural community near her hometown of...

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Bibliography and Further Reading

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Sources
Carolyn Banks, "Down-Home News & Blues," in The Washington Post, October 5, 1987, p. B10.

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Bibliography

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Suggested Readings

Steinberg, Sybil. Review of Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe, by Fannie Flagg. Publishers Weekly 232 (August 28, 1987): 64.

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Compare and Contrast

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1930s: Blacks are treated as second-class citizens. In the South, a legal regime of "separate but equal" enforces this...

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Topics for Further Study

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Flagg was a spokesperson for the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA). What is the status of the ERA today? What happened?

Does Flagg...

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Literary Precedents

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Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe belongs to the southern gothic genre. Elements of romance, mystery, humor, and horror...

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Related Titles

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Prior to the publication of Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe, Flagg wrote Coming Attractions (1981) which was...

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Adaptations

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Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe has been adapted as two audio cassette editions. In 1992, Fannie Flagg was the reader of...

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Media Adaptations

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Released by Universal Studios in 1991, Fried Green Tomatoes stars Jessica Tandy and Kathy Bates. The scriptwriters were Fannie Flagg...

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What Do I Read Next?

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Flagg's latest novel, Welcome to the World Baby Girl! (1998), is a long way from Whistle Stop. The novel tells the story of...

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