How Has The Study Of Emma And Clueless Developed y

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How has the study of Emma and its appropriation of Clueless developed your understanding of context influencing values. Jane Austen’s Emma and Heckerling’s appropriation of Clueless (1995) reveal the impact of context on societal values. Clueless differs in medium as it has been appropriated from the society of the Regency Era in England represented in Austen’s novel, into the Californian teenage culture of the 20th century. This transformation enables modern audiences to recognise that despite seemingly drastic shifts in contextual settings, both texts use satire to reaffirm the transcending values of social order, the role of women, patriarchy and marriage. Austen recognises the individual’s social standing as a significant distinguishing factor affecting acceptance in society through the use of tone. To be of high social class, one must have not only wealth but respectability and the family that they are born into. Emma highlights this value when she is mentoring Harriet and forces her to reject Mr Martin as a suitable husband for the woman of higher class Harriet is to become. Austen ensures Emma’s direct language and firm tone have a heavy impact on Harriet. “Dear Harriet, I give myself joy of this. It would have grieved me to lose your acquaintance, which must have been the consequence of your marrying Mr Martin.” (Page 52) This scenario conveys Emma’s concern about society as she expresses that she cannot keep friends of lower class than her. Emma’s behaviour reflects her society’s values towards the importance of social order. In this way, Austen criticises yet, by eventually uniting Harriet and Mr Martin in marriage, ultimately reaffirms the harsh divides within the social hierarchy of Highbury, a microcosm which represents the values of Regency England. While Austen questions her society’s views on social order, Amy Heckerling also challenges social
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