Differences Between Emma And Clueless

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Emma vs. Clueless Whilst the context, language and textual form have changed, the messages in Clueless are essentially the messages that Jane Austin communicated to her Audiences. Discuss. Despite the change in context, language and textual form, the messages in Clueless are fundamentally the messages that Jane Austen communicated to her audiences. While the consistency of human nature allows for common issues between texts to be possible, a drastic change of context will inevitably involve a change in social values. In this case those of Regency England and those of Post-modern America. Both texts are primarily about human relationships and the implications they cause as well as the importance of social structures. Despite the fact…show more content…
Similarly, Clueless is not only an ‘affectionate spoof on self-absorbed teenagers’ but also a clever ‘dig’ at the society that created them. Heckerling presents her messages with not only the script to help her but techniques available to her medium including camera, music, design and acting. Due to the relatively short running time of films Heckerling cannot slowly and intricately build her characters the way in which Austen did, instead, the characters in Clueless are stereotypical. This allows the audience to understand and identify with each character from quite early…show more content…
As an audience we trust Knightley’s judgement as he foreshadows many of Emma’s mistakes from early on in the novel. When he becomes aware of Emma and Harriet’s friendship he speaks of it as a “bad thing” and that “ neither of them will do the other any good”, and is outraged when he learns of Emma’s encouragement of Harriet to turn down Mr Martin’s proposal. It is apparent then, that Mr Knightley plays an important role in Emma’s transformation, by Mr knightly’s rhetorical question ‘how could you be so unfeeling to Miss Bates?” she gains knowledge not to ridicule those below her. This is the turning point of the novel and from this humiliation and understanding of her erroneous ways Emma begins to reform. She realises she has been wrong in reading the signs of three men, that Mr Martin and Harriet are good for each other, and starts to judge people less on class and more on personality. Though her ultimate realisation is that she loves Mr Knightly “she saw it all with a clearness that has never blessed her
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