I think that the cafe represents family. idgie and ruth make the cafe a place were anyone white or black can come and feel welcome. In the cafe everyone is treated as equals racially and sexually. The cafe is run by a family unit and they take everyone in.
This is really cool how you connected it to family. Family is such a big part of the book, and how strong the Threadegood family is! It makes a lot of sense that Ruth and Idgie would try to create this kind of environment, because of where they come from. :)
I think that the cafe symbolizes a community. Everyone there comes together no matter if they are black or white to enjoy the food. People from outside the community are able to find a home in this safe haven. For insistence Smokey comes into town and immediately is swept up by Idgie and Ruth and fed and taken care of. The people that work there are the least judgmental and most excepting people.
This is shown through the way that Idgie greets Smokey "Come on in, fella. I think we can find something for you" (Flagg 17). She greets him with love and even offers to help find him a job since he is in such dire need.
Thanks Alec, that quotation really proved my argument!:)
The cafe appears to represent the openness to multiculture and the opposition to racism. Idgie has no problem letting colored people into the cafe and she is warned to be carefull who she allows in the shop.
"Let me tell you something, Ocie. You know that if it was up to me, I'd have you come in the front door and sit at the table,"
Forgot to add - It also represents the hope of equality and the blindness to racial difference.
The Whistle Stop Cafe represents a utopian society within the plot. The cafe is a safe point free of prejudice towards race, sexuality, and wealth. Homeless people like Smokey Lonesome find support and comfort in the cafe, black people are served as equally as any other customer, and no one makes any kind of remarks about the relationship of Ruth and Idgie. In the book, Ninny Threadgoode tells Evelyn about the positive days that were spent in her life at the cafe, even during the Great Depression.
The cafe symbolizes almost a utopia in the town of Whistle Stop. The cafe is somewhere where anyone and everyone is accepted. Whether you are poor or rich, black or white you can feel safe in the cafe. For example, when smokey comes by to the cafe looking quite quite beat up he wasn't treated differently then anyone else. They cared for him to the point they gave him somewhere to wash up, gave him clothing, and fed him. This just proves even though there is so many bad things happening outside, you can feel safe and accepted in the cafe.
The cafe in Whistlestop is a key symbol within the novel "Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop" by Fannie Flagg symbolizes freedom from oppression for the African american community within the Southern United States. Normally in the 1920's it is not that common for the african american communities and the white communities to get along and live with each other in such harmony. This is due to the influence of the KKK within their society The KKK often scared people and business' from having relations with the african americans as they attempt to do in the novel when the KKK members Grady Kilgore comes to the cafe and demands that that they stop serving the african americans when he says " now Idgie, you ought not to be selling those niggers food, you know better than that" (Flagg 51). But Idgie is not one to be pressured into what she feels is against her morals and thus continues to sell to african americans by black mailing the sheriff when saying "I guess a lot of people might think that after church you ought to not go over the river and see Eva Bates: (Flagg 52). She blackmails him by having the knowledge that he visits Eva Bates and therefore has leanway over him. Thus emphasizing how the cafe is a place of freedom for the african americans in the time period.
I think that the cafe symbolizes neutral grounds. In the time period that the novel takes place, there are issues and racism between the white and black people. The cafe is a place for everyone to go and eat a good meal without causing trouble between the races. Idgie was part of the reason why the cafe was such an open place: "'They're not hurting anybody, Grady.' He thought for a minute. 'Well...okay for now, I guess'" (53). Although not everyone, especially Grady Kilgore, agreed with Idgie serving the coloured people out of the back, they weren't going to make a big fuss about it. All of the towns people were there for one thing, and one thing only: the food. The cafe represents a place of peace for everyone to come and get away from the hectic reality outside.
The symbolism of the cafe represents home and safety to everyone in the town. Every person retreats to the cafe for comfort and well being. Smokey Lonesome looks at the the cafe as the first place to go when having no where else to go. No one is rejected, no matter what race. No one in the town only visits there once, they return over and over due to feeling of protection and security like a home would to any one else. Although not actually a home for most, it's even more comfortable for people to eat there rather than in their own dining room.
The Whistle Stop Cafe symbolizes one of the main themes in the novel: racism. The cafe represents the dream utopia of the Threadgoode family, where everyone is welcome. At the cafe, it doesnt matter if youre rich or poor, or black or white. Everyone who walks in, is served, from the homeless Smokey, to Ocie who wasnt welcome at other "white" restaurants or cafes in the South.