Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe Analysis

Fannie Flagg

Historical Context

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

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

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

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

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

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


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(Society and Self, Critical Representations in Literature)

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

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

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

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

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

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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

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?

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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