Fried Green Tomatoes

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Fried Green Tomatoes

Throughout the movie Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Café we have been introduced to every theme from sacrifice, racism, to death. These three themes, plus many others, have shaped the book and movie to the phenomenon that they have become together. Mainly following four women, the book travels through decades of hardship, friendship, and independence. Evelyn Couch unexpectedly is immersed into the story of Whistle Stop, Alabama after meeting Ninny Threadgoode, and soon starts to feel as a citizen of Whistle Stop back in the early 1900’s, and embraces the free-spiritedness of both Ruth and Idgie, and altering her outlook on life.

The relationship between Ruth and Idgie is based on more then just friendship when a deep romance emerges between the two. Their strong bond went back to when Idgie was just young, and Ruth dated Idgie’s older brother Buddy. After his tragic death Idgie became a runaway, for she no longer had Buddy or Ruth. At an early age, Idgie falls in love when Ruth comes back to Whistle Stop, but this love between the two is abruptly sent to a halt when Ruth announces she is leaving to go back home to marry Frank Bennett.

Sacrifices were made on both sides of this anomalous relationship between the women, playing a huge part in the theme of this book. Idgie sacrificed herself as a whole, and gave up part of her own life she could of lived differently if she didn’t hang onto something she truly believed in. Once Ruth called Idgie her “Bee Charmer”, Idgie was hooked onto her irregular love with Ruth. Since Ruth left her for Frank Bennett, to when Idgie took Ruth back to Whistle Stop after hearing of Ruth being abused, to the day Ruth died, Idgie sacrificed anything and everything for this women. She didn’t care if what she was doing was against the social and religious idealism, as long as she was truly happy, she didn’t care what others thought of her or the way she has decided to live her...
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