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Amy Heckerling successfully uses many devices and techniques to transform the 18th century text Emma by Jane Austen into Clueless the contemporary flim about teenage life and pop-culture in America.

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Advanced English - HSC assessment task 2001 Module A - Transformation: [Clueless & Emma] Intro Amy Heckerling successfully uses many devices and techniques to transform the 18th century text EMMA by Jane Austen into "Clueless", the contemporary flim about teenage life and pop-culture in America. However, a reading of Austen's Emma allows for a whole new understanding of Heckerling's Clueless. Not only are the many types of humour transformed, but also the main characters and the themes such as "Money and Status", "Growth and Self Knowledge" and "Truth and Error". The use of these similarities clearly show responder that "Clueless" is the modern day reflection of Jane Austen's "Emma". Parallels in Characters Upon viewing Heckerling's Clueless, the responders are presented with some very distinct similarities with the characters of Austen's Emma. Not only are some of the names alike, but also the character's personalities and the relationships that are formed between the characters. Themes in Emma and Clueless Upon the transformation of the texts, Heckerling has cleverly recreated the themes that were presented in Emma so that they will appeal to a modern teenage audience. ...read more.

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Same as Cher and Josh from Clueless *Robert Martin is a decent person and his and Harriet's affections are mutual. Travis and Tai have the same affections. Both pairs join up in the end, proving that true love prevails even after the interruptions from Emma/Cher. Error: *Emma is spoilt because she is always allowed to have her way. This makes Emma snobbish and conceited. Same with Cher. Cher is also spoilt with luxuries such as a car and all the clothes she wants. *Emma believes all of Mr Elton's attention is directed to Harriet. Cher believed all of Elton's affections were directed at Harriet *Frank flirting with Emma without any intentions of true affections. Christian seemed to be flirting with Cher, but really he was gay and had no affections for her whatsoever. *Emma tries to elevate Harriet to her social level. Cher tries to elevate Tai to a higher level. Humour in Emma and Clueless Irony * Amy Heckerling effectively uses Irony to transform Emma into a humorous movie about teenage life in modern day Beverly Hills * In Emma, used for satiric and comic relief and illustrates foolishness and misguided assumptions * Emma & Elton. ...read more.

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* Amy Heckerling creates humour by introducing many humorous characters to assists with her transformation of Emma * Cher's whimpering and persuasions and Murray's classic representation of the American Hip-Hop Teen Culture, with phrases such as "I'm just keeping it real" and "Yo. Woman" *The use of these humorous characters allow Amy Heckerling to recreate the humour in Emma, but also create a film that is entertaining and funny for modern audiences. Dialogue * The Final linguistic used by Heckerling to create humour to transform Emma, was the use of Dialogue. The Dialogue Jane Austen created in Emma was not used for humour. * Amy Heckerling used dialogue in her modern representation of Emma, as a form of humour. She achieves this mainly through the dialogue of Cher and Tai who's language is full of one-liners and repartee. One liners such as "As IF", "whatever", "no shit" and the repartee "Would you say I'm selfish?" "No, not to your face". These portray the humour that is used by the "typical" teenage American high school students. *Put downs such as: Cher "I want to do something for humanity", followed by "How about sterilization" by Josh. * The humour used by Heckerling in Clueless, is common to many teenagers that live in America, who are predominately her main audience. [t]imbk2 productions ...read more.

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