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Comparisions of Emma and Clueless Conventions - Social Contexts

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COMPARISIONS OF EMMA AND CLUELESS CONVENTIONS - SOCIAL CONTEXTS EMMA CLUELESS Social Context: A small village, Highbury, Outside London,19th century, England Social context: A Beverley hills high school, 1990s The class/ social groups: Upper/middle class -Knightleys, Woodhouses, Churchills Lower/Middle class - Westons? , Coles, Eltons Lower working class - The Martins, Bates, Social Classes not encouraged to mix Emma - ' The Martin's are as above my notice as below it' Social Classes should know their own position Mr E - 'everybody has their own level' People feel uncomfortable out of their own level eg. Harriet Superior and Inferior positions Mr Martin is not Harriets 'equal' Class defines your worth as a person Higher classes may associate with lower classes as a charitable gesture. Attributes such as occupation, wealth, education can affect social rank. Class/Social Groups: The Popular Group - top of the social ladder, wealthy, lots of clothes, cool cars Yuppies - stick to themselves - Distinguished by mobile phones, BMW's Valley girls - a lower class, live in the Valley - a poorer neighborhood Loadies - lowest rung of social ladder-drug takers "No respectable group dates them' To increase their social rank they need to give up Drugs. ...read more.

Middle

Frank Chuchill and Jane Fairfax A match well made - Miss Taylor and Mr Weston A woman should try to make an equal or better match A match down is an imprudent match for men or women. Eg. Emma and Mr. Elton Mr Elton and Harriet Mr K - 'Men of sense do not want silly wives' Sex before marriage completely out of the question Marriage/Courtship/Sex: Set social conventions for dating - such as being picked Up and dropped off, when to call, what to wear. Inquiries more likely to be direct Cher - 'he does dress better than I do, what could I Bring to the relationship?' Cher - 'Christian said he'd call tomorrow, but in boy Time that meant Tuesday.' Attempts made at matching up friends Girls more involved in dating - can ask boys out. Girls more involved in wooing - flirting, sending Flowers, showing skin Eg. 'Sometimes you have to show a little skin. This Reminds boys of being naked and then they think of Sex. Some social barriers to dating Elton on why he could not date Tai- 'don't you even know who my father is.' ...read more.

Conclusion

She is of a simple and cheerful nature. A contented and grateful person - miss. Miss loves everyone and is interested in them. A great talker. Mrs Elton - Easy manner, but not elegant. 223- A vein woman, extremely well satisfied with herself and self-involved. 231- Self-important, presuming, familiar and ill-bred. Jane Fairfax - An orphan, raised by the Campbells. Cousin of the Bates 88- Very accomplished and superior. 139- Remarkably elegant, a 'great beauty' 237- A charming young woman, but not an open temper. She is reserved. Character Representations of Girls: Cher - is a "ditz with a credit card" Stereotypically blond and good looking, spoilt Loves shopping and clothes Manipulative eg with dating, attracting attention From boys, improving marks, matchmaking Intellegent, well spoken, not very studious Charitable to some extent Adored by her father Dionne - believes appearance is important Quite controlling eg Murray's haircut, way he speaks Technically a virgin - isn't in a rush Tai - Easily influenced by others Attention seeking eg Mall incident Represented as needing a guy More sexual experience than the other girls yet Willing to be guided socially. Miss Guist - old fashioned, not a confident manner Enthusiastic about teaching, hard working Easily manipulated Amber - very 'bitchy', unpleasant, unkind Copies Cher's style of dressing Somewhat studious, intelligent Very arrogant ...read more.

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