Essay PreviewMore ↓
When I was nineteen, I began writing and producing TV specials, and since then I’ve appeared in more 500 TV shows, which include Candid Camera, The Dick van Dyke Show, The Love Boat, Love American Style, and movies like Five Easy Pieces with Jack Nicholson, Stay Hungry, Grease. I am currently finishing a few new movies such as Flying By and Shattered Glory both of which are coming out in 2009. I was in Broadway too! I was in The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas! I’ve written several books such as Standing in the Rainbow in 2002, and my newest book Can’t Wait to get to Heaven, in 2006. I now live in Montecito, California.
So about my book, Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Café, well the theme is mainly feminism and a little bit of my gay pride, (you’ll see when you meet Idgie.). The setting starts out in the nursing home where, Mrs. Cleo Threadgoode, the long-time resident of Whistle Stop, tells Mrs. Evelyn Couch all about her life starting in the year 1929, and the little town of Whistle Stop. Now I will tell you all about the rest of my book in the eyes of my most important character, Mrs. Cleo Threadgoode.
My name is Mrs. Cleo Threadgoode, and I live at Rose Terrace Nursing Home. I am 86 years old. I have just made a new friend, and her name is Mrs. Evelyn Couch. She came into the visitors lounge and I started talking right to her. I’ll tell you what I told her too. In fact I’ll even tell you the whole story.
It all starts out in Whistle Stop, 1929.
How to Cite this Page
"Fried Green Tomatoes at the WhistleStop Cafe." 123HelpMe.com. 19 Jun 2019
Need Writing Help?
Get feedback on grammar, clarity, concision and logic instantly.Check your paper »
- Fannie Flagg's Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle-Stop Cafe My first impression of Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Café was that it was a “woman’s'; novel. This was because the movie, which was more popular than the book, was advertised as a “chick flick';. To say the least, I was wrong. The novel poses many issues that face the people of the 1920’s and 30’s, and makes one think about what people have struggled through. The novel addresses the issue of racism before the time of Martin Luther King Jr.... [tags: Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle-Stop Cafe]
1640 words (4.7 pages)
- Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Café is a novel that takes place in the 1980’s, but reminisces of the “good ole’ days” in the 1930’s. Whistle Stop is a small town in Alabama that revolves around the trains that run through the town daily. But, as the railroad business slows down so does the café’s business, causing it to finally shut down. Once the café went away the spirit of the town died with it. People grew old and died or moved away to bigger cities. Large business’s moved in and soon the life that the town of Whistle Stop knew so well was just a faint memory to its former residents.... [tags: Black people, White people, Race, South Africa]
1023 words (2.9 pages)
- Love is one of the most powerful forces in the world, and one of the most difficult to describe. It is one of those emotions that words do not seem to justify a person may feel it, but may not be able to explain it. However, that does not mean that people do not know that love is out there. Many people believe that everyone has one true love somewhere in the world, and spend their lives searching for that person. Love is not difficult to find though. It exists in many forms, including love between family members, friends, different races, and even the love for oneself, both in the novel Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe by Frannie Flagg and in one's own life.The first and most b... [tags: essays research papers]
1253 words (3.6 pages)
- Fried Green Tomatoes at Whistle Stop Cafe: Novel vs. Movie “I may be sitting at the Rose Terrace Nursing Home, but in my mind I’m over at the Whistle Stop Cafe having a plate of Fried Green Tomatoes” (Flagg ). Both the novel and the movie received a number of great reviews and honors. However, the two vary greatly in content. The novel, Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe, brings the reader a much more detailed and very different story compared to the movie. For example, the character Vesta Adcock as portrayed in the novel is a citizen of Whistle Stop.... [tags: Movie Film Whistle Stop Compare Contrast Essays]
1809 words (5.2 pages)
- The movie “Fried Green Tomatoes,” Evelyn Couch visits a nursing home with her husband to see an elderly relative from her husband’s side. However, Evelyn’s husband’s side of the family is not fond of Evelyn so she waits in the sitting room for her husband to finish his visit. While waiting for her husband to finish up his visit with his relative she meets an elderly woman named Ninny. Ninny begins to talk to Evelyn and starts to recount about her sister-in-law Idgie who changed her life around and became an owner of a small Alabama café.... [tags: Gender, Gender role, Woman, Transgender]
1086 words (3.1 pages)
- Older Adult: Film Analysis The Notebook The beginning of The Notebook opens with the gentleman, Noah in a nursing home facility. We soon learn that he is living at the facility to be close to his wife, Allie who has Alzheimer’s. Allie is introduced to Noah, and he offers to read her a story. They are in the sunroom at the nursing home, and unbeknownst to her he begins to read her a love story. Due to Allie’s disease she is unaware that the story she is listening to is her own read by her true love.... [tags: Alzheimer, nursing home, true love, romance]
2216 words (6.3 pages)
- Fried Green Tomatoes At The Whistle Stop Café "HER ORIGINAL NAME was Patricia Neal"(Reynolds1), but the author of Fried Green Tomatoes is better known under the alias: Fannie Flagg. In the novel Fried Green Tomatoes she uniquely compares the modern day world to the world in the early and the middle 1900’s. As the novel shifts from the 1930’s to the 1980’s the significance of life is seen through two of the main characters, Mrs. Cleo Threadgoode and Evelyn Couch, as life ends and begins.... [tags: essays research papers]
1543 words (4.4 pages)
- A Lesbian's Perspective of Fried Green Tomatoes Last week my mother and I decided to rent a "woman's film," Fried Green Tomatoes. We sat mesmerized for 1 hour and 45 minutes by the narrative played out upon our small screen. However, as I realized by our discussion after the film, we had two very different experiences. While she enjoyed the film as a story about two "best friends," I read this friendship as an obvious lesbian relationship hidden within the repressed text of a popular, commercial film.... [tags: Film Movies]
2766 words (7.9 pages)
- Coping with situations within FRIED GREEN TOMATOES Human Nature, it’s our instinct, our reaction, our thoughts, and our ability to make decisions. It has been examined from every conceivable angle. It has been scrutinized, interrogated, glorified and even corrupted by every medium in the world, but none so extensively as the written word. Literature has explored every component of human nature from pride to envy and insecurity to depression. Fannie Flagg’s novel FRIED GREEN TOMATOES pays particular attention to human nature and specific ways we choose to cope with the situations that life places before us.... [tags: essays research papers]
1266 words (3.6 pages)
- The Joy Luck Club and Fried Green Tomatoes Two novels that I could read over and over again, "The Joy Luck Club" by Amy Tan and "Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Café" by Fannie Flag. The two novels share similar qualities while conveying their different story lines. "The Joy Luck Club" is a sage about several Chinese mothers and their American-born daughters. It is also about the mothers' experiences with immigrating, and/or their upbringing. It depicts the relationship between the mothers' and their daughters and how this relationship affects the daughters lives.... [tags: Papers]
512 words (1.5 pages)
About a month after the café opened up, the strangest thing happened. A meteorite hit Mrs. Biddie Louis Otis’s house and landed right on her radio. She claimed it was two pounds and just missed hitting her. In fact she still claims it just missed hitting her. On that same day my friend Bertha and her husband Vick celebrated their anniversary. Now Big George says he’ll barbeque your chickens for ten cents and your hogs according to your size.
Idgie used to pull my leg a whole lot like the time she told me that her husband’s uncle, who worked for a mint, one day he had seven hundred pounds of dimes dropped on him and he died. I said, “really?” and she said it was either that or it was three hundred pounds of quarters, and I believed it. Eventually she told me it was a joke, but I didn’t really laugh. It could happen couldn’t it?
Idgie never was much afraid of those Klu Klux Klan people, probably because around these parts she knew who they were. If they tried anything she would tell the whole world who they were. One day I remember Sipsey had said there was a bunch of colored boys in the back asking if they could have some barbeque sandwiches. Idgie said yes they could and Sipsey told her, “Honey, one day you’re gonna regret servin’ those colored boys, cause the kluxes are gonna come and burn us down, an’ I ain’t gonna be here when they come.” Idgie told her, “I know how to handle them Klux boys.”
On April Fool’s Day the café had changed the menu and when that couple had walked in and saw that they were serving things like fillet of opossum, prime rib of polecat, goat’s liver and onions, bull frog pudding and turkey buzzard pie ala mode, boy they ran out of they like there was no tomorrow. By the time they had reached their car Idgie yelled April Fools to them and offered them free pie.
Remember I told you about my friend Bertha? Well she claimed that a gopher bit her. Do gophers even bite people? She said it came right up through the toilet pipes. I don’t know whether to believe her or call her crazy.
The strangest thing though, happened on June 2, 1917. Onzell had her twin boys! What’s so strange about that, you say? Well now, Onzell was a very light colored girl while her husband Big George was as black as black gets, so when Sipsey handed her babies back to her, we all saw that Jasper was the color of creamy coffee, and Artis was black as coal. Sipsey said he had blue gums and that God better help us because “nuthin’ good ever come out of a baby with blue gums”. Now Big George laughed at this ‘til he cried. He didn’t think it was so funny ten years later when Artis had just stabbed Jasper with a penknife—five times. Sispey told me that Artis told Jasper he knew he shouldn’t have done it but it felt so good he just couldn’t stop.
Now I remember when Ruth was in high school, after she had lost her brother Buddy, whom she loved with all her heart, a girl named Ruth came to town and stayed with us. Idgie was so in loved with that girl I swear if Ruth would’ve told her to jump off a cliff, why she would’ve done it in a blink! Momma even told us children, “Now kids little Idgie’s got a crush an’ I don’t want any of you laughing at her. Is that understood?” and boy was that understood!
I also remember the day when Ruth went back home, that day was the day all heck broke loose. Idgie went crazy, when Ruth was leaving all she did was beg her not to go and when she didn’t listen and got on that bus Idgie ran up to her room and wouldn’t let no one talk her into coming down. Then after that day she left home and the only person who knew where she could be found was Big George and he would never betray her, so if momma needed her she would tell him and the next thing you know she would be there if you needed her bad enough.
I always loved Christmas time even if it was during the Depression because Railroad Bill would make sure that each family had a turkey to eat.
The best thing that I happened to see was the day that Ruth called up Idgie and said she needed out—out of her marriage because her husband was beating on her and she was expecting a baby boy. Well Idgie went up to get her and came back and that’s when they opened up that café. Then when they had the little boy they raised him up good.
The worst day of Ruth’s life had to be the day that Buddy jr.’s, her and Ruth’s son, had gotten his arm cut off by the train. They took him up to the big hospital. Then when they brought him home he was right as rain.
Now that’s about all that ever happened in my life but I’ll let my new friend Evelyn Couch tell the rest.
My name is Evelyn Couch and I met Mrs. Threadgoode at the nursing home where my mother-in-law lives. You see, my mother-in-law doesn’t get along with me very well so I just wandered into a room and sat down next to this lady who I thought was asleep but then she just started talking to me so I listened and she told me her whole life story. Now after I left that day I had a doctor’s appointment and the doctor told me exactly what I didn’t want to hear. I was going through the change—menopause.
The next time I saw Mrs. Threadgoode she knew something was wrong with me. She asked me and I just poured out my heart to her. She said that I should get some stress tabs number ten. Boy, those things really did help, too. I kept going to talk to her every weekend. I sure did like talking to her. She told me so many good things and I am so glad I had a friend like her to count on. One day I decided that I would join the Mary-Kay line and Mrs. Threadgoode told me that the day I got my pink Cadillac I should come and give her a ride. Well I went up to the nursing home after I had gotten my Cadillac and I found that she had passed on during the night.
The summary of this story is a little sad and a little happy. The sad thing was that Mrs. Cleo Threadgoode has died, she was eighty-six years old and had lived through many things. One good thing is that Evelyn got her pink Cadillac. She also got her bee pin with diamonds. Idgie is still alive and well and she sells her honey on the side of the road to anyone who wants any. So if you’re ever out by the little town of Whistlestop, you should come in for a bit, and maybe, just maybe you’ll smell the fried green tomatoes cooking.