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A Book Analysis of: Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Café By Fannie Flagg
Sarah Bean
SOCI 2013 - Online

My book that I am reading is called Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Café. My book is about two women in the 1980’s. One is an old woman named Mrs. Threadgood, and the other is Evelyn Couch. Mrs. Threadgoode tells a story of two daredevils, Idgie and Ruth. As the story is told, Evelyn’s life turns in a different direction, and will never be the same again. I will be taking on gender and racism in the book, and how these two are represented. This book covers from a sociology view is gender and racism which are two very different, but very important topics. Gender is the concept that we have of ourselves as being male or female. (Hughes and Kroehler: 246) Racism is the belief that some racial groups are naturally superior and others are inferior. (Hughes and Kroehler: 212) These two are strongly represented in the book. Gender is shown as women dressed and acting as men. The women for example Idgie cause all sorts of folkways and do whatever they please. You were going to be judged in the town by what you do and who you are. Racism is shown in the book as, if you are African American, you are to eat with others your color, procreate with your color, and not intermingle with the Whites. You are basically supposed to work, and not mess with whites, or there will be harsh punishments. Blacks were looked down upon as laborers and nothing more. The story begins with Evelyn Couch and Mrs. Threadgoode “Ninny.” Evelyn’s mother-in-law lives in a nursing home, Evelyn and her husband Ed go to visit her frequently. (Flagg: 33-34) One day, Evelyn is sitting in the waiting room at the nursing home when she meets Mrs. Threadgoode. They greet, start talking, and that is when Mrs....
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