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Fashions change, customs change, society changes and language changes. What do you see to be the connection between 'Clueless' and 'Emma' and what is the value of this connection?

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Fashions change, customs change, society changes and language changes. What do you see to be the connection between 'Clueless' and 'Emma' and what is the value of this connection? A valuable connection can be made be made between Jane Austen's 'Emma' and Amy Heckerling's 'Clueless' although fashion, customs, society and language differ between the two. The connection is made through the plot, characters and inevitable human nature. The themes of vanity, rank, status and gossip link the two medias and create a valuable linkage in relating the 19th century life with the contemporary world. Fashion is constantly changing, season to season, year to year, decade to decade. Despite these changes, the human urge of vanity allows for the nature of fashion to always remain the same; it is a reflection of the person underneath and their position in society. ...read more.


Both Cher and Emma are from the highest levels of society and only mingle with their own. Balls were customary in Emma's society as a social event for the rich; this is linked to the dance parties that Cher went to. So it defines one's rank to be at one of these social functions as it is customary for only the wealthy to attend. This means that the connection between 'Emma' and 'Clueless' can be made, even if times have changed. The difference of language in Austen's novel and Heckerling's production is very clear. The 19th century had it's own language characteristics just like the 20th century has it's own jargon. But no matter what language or year, for example, gossip is gossip. The way it is being said can be different and the accent may be changed, but the conversation always remains the same; who loves who, who said what, and so on. ...read more.


Small adaptations have been made but the main ideas have not been altered. The introductions for example, give across the same message although the language, setting, culture and fashions are different; rich, smart, spoiled girl, living a charmed life. The characters directly link the novel to the movie, as the contemporary stars are new adaptations of their classical counterparts. Cher is Emma, Josh is Mr. Knightly, Christian is Mr. Churchill and so on. Therefore, 'Clueless' is a transformation of 'Emma', connected by the plot and characters. In summation, the valuable connection can be made between 'Emma' and 'Clueless' via the common messages portrayed and the plot and characters. Vanity, rank, status and gossip are examples of the many themes that establish the link through mere, unchangeable, timeless human nature along with the plot and characters. Heckerling has successfully transformed 'Emma', making it a valuable media allowing it to be appreciated by all. ...read more.

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