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Fried Green Tomatoes
"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 1900ís. As the novel shifts from the 1930ís to the 1980ís the significance of life is seen through two of the main characters, Mrs. Cleo Threadgoode and Evelyn Couch, as life ends and begins. Fannie Flagg shows that living life to its fullest indeed has its consequences, but is the only way to live a happy life without regrets.

From her start in the late 1920ís Mrs. Cleo Threadgoode knew a little girl by the name of Imogene but everyone called her Idgie. Idgie was one of the Threadgoodes and back in Whistle Stop the name Threadgoode was a good name to have. They were the basic life of this little town in Alabama. The Threadgoodes were people known and well liked by the rest of the sparsely populated area. The name she carried did not stop Idgie from doing whatever she wanted to do whenever she wanted to do it. "Idgie used to do all kinds of harebrained things just to get you to laugh. She put poker chips in the collection basket at the Baptist church once. She was a character all right..."(12). This shows that nothing would stop Idgie from doing her pranks and having her laughs.

Maybe she was lectured by her priest or by her parents but she didnít regret it. Idgie was concerned with the present, not the past or the future. Of course she had her hardship that

wouldnít let her forget, like when her brother Buddy died, and she even looked forward to a day, but she lived in the present. She lived life for the moment. "Now, seriously, Idgie, Iím not trying to run your business or anything, but I just want to know if youíre saving any money, thatís all. What for? Idgie said. Listen, money will kill you, you know that"(31). This shows that Idgie was not concerned with what tomorrow will bring and if she is prepared for it or not. It also shows that Idgie is not concerned with wealth, she is more concerned about the well being of others. This next passage gives a better impression of her pure unselfish heart. "We always ate and so did everybody else who ever came around there asking for food...and that was black and white. I never saw Aunt Idgie turn down a soul, and she was known to give a man a little drink if he needed it..."(329). Idgie did not care about her own wealth, she cared for the well being of others and did not let a single person discourage her as she lived her rambunctious life. Even though she was never rich, she lost loved ones, and turned some people away with her attitude, she died happy. Her actions brought about consequences but she never had regret about anything.

Mrs. Cleo Threadgoode, the wife of Mr. Cleo Threadgoode has lived her life in Whistle Stop, Alabama until she was put in a nursing home in the 1980ís. She is growing senile but tells her stories to Mrs. Evelyn Couch, a younger woman who is physically overweight and mentally diminishing. Mrs. Threadgoode is also a woman who is quite happy with her life and how she lived it. But she was much different from Idgie. She

was not naturally the wild type and was never one to have urges to pull harmless pranks to get her kicks. She was more of an observer than a doer, but this doesnít mean she

could not have possibly lived life to its fullest. Because she did live life the way she wanted. And if she was asked if she lived life to its fullest, she would say, "The only thing Iíd do different if I could go back would be to get myself a drivers license"(7). Thatís all! She was as close to perfection as she could be. When hearing this the question arises, "How did she do it? Or, whatís the secret?" For Mrs. Threadgoode it was doing everything she wanted to. She was not concerned with material wealth and had faith that everything she needed would be provided by her God. "Cleo and I never did have a lot of fancy things, but the good Lord provided, and we had everything we ever needed"(26). This unselfishness and good faith gave her what she wanted, and all she wanted...
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