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Running head: A SOCIOLOGICAL VIEW OF FRIED GREEN TOMATOES1A Sociological View ofFried Green TomatoesAngela F PhelpsGreat Falls College MSU
A SOCIOLOGICAL VIEW OF FRIED GREEN TOMATOES2AbstractThe contents of this paper discuss the movieFried Green Tomatoesand its applications to asociological perspective.It will discuss the plot and characters ofFried Green Tomatoesandhow they relate to the concepts of sociology covered during this semester.The body describesmany sociological concepts including racism, sexism, feminism, domestic violence, lesbianism,and ageism.It also touches on religion and the moral justification of murder.It will introducethe developing friendship of two women as they come to terms with issues of aging, andfeminism while they explore the lives of two women from the past and their journey throughracism, domestic violence, and lesbianism.This paper will end by discussing the current state ofmany of these sociological topics, as well as some of the much-needed changes still to be made.
A SOCIOLOGICAL VIEW OF FRIED GREEN TOMATOES3A Sociological View of Fried Green TomatoesI chose to use the movieFried Green Tomatoes, which is based on the bookFried GreenTomatoes at the Whistle Stop Café.This movie really stands out to me as a rich source ofsociological topics that were covered during this semester.The movie “[emphasizes] femaleagency, single motherhood, supporting other women, surviving and triumphing over domesticabuse, living unconventionally, maintaining one’s ambitions, fighting for legitimacy in the midstof patriarchy, and changing the status quo” (Jennifer L. Schulz, 2009, p.179).It weaves togethera story that takes us through many of the chapters in our text book.I will describe how FriedGreen Tomatoes is a treasure trove of sociological concepts that are relatable on a personal levelfor people from many walks of life.Our story begins with Evelyn, a middle aged, menopausal woman who plays the typicalgender role for a female perfectly.She takes care of her home, and has dinner on the table whenher hard working, head of the home, husband walks through the door, in what is obviously apatriarchal relationship. Macionis (2012) defines gender roles as “attitudes and activities that asociety links to each sex” (p. 323). This movie explores two story lines of women that push theboundaries of these roles.Evelyn meets Ninny while visiting a family member in the nursinghome.