In Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe (1987) novel Evelyn goes through an enormous character transition over the course of the novel. Give at least three examples from the text that support your argument about the driving force that led to this massive change in character. In answering this, consider the following: First, analyze how the author presents Evelyn and the way she feels about her life when the novel opens. Then, compare and contrast that to the way the author presents Evelyn and the way she feels about her life when the novel closes. Consider these questions to help you along: Do Mrs. Threadgoode's stories about Idgie and Ruth have a direct correlating effect on Evelyn's change? In what ways does Evelyn change her opinions on death and how does this change affect her lifestyle? Throughout her life, Evelyn worked hard to make sure that no one call her names and thus tried to please everyone. Does she ever realize that she is doing this? Does she ever stop trying to please other people? If not, why not and where does this leave Evelyn? If so, how does she overcome this and what affect does this have on her? As the novel progresses, Evelyn transforms from Evelyn to Towanda. What did Evelyn gain during this transition? What did she lose?
Must be about 5 paragraphs and it must include 3 outside sources two that helps to back up your interpretation/add information about historical and cultural background/inform author biography/define terms/ etc and one of the sources must be from a chapter from Lois Tyson's Using Critical Theory: How to Read and Write about Literature.