This website uses cookies to ensure you have the best experience. Learn more

How Does The Composer Of "Clueless" Use Film Techniques To Transform The Social, Historical And Environmental Context Of Jane Austen's "Emma" To The Modern Context Of "Clueless"?

4588 words - 19 pages

Amy Heckerling's "Clueless" involves a storyline, which closely follows the text of Jane Austen's novel "Emma". However, there are some key points of difference in the transformation that has taken place. This is due to the individual context of the nineteenth century prose text and that of the modern appropriated film text. The context can be divided into three focal categories, the social, historical and environmental context. In order to be able to address the question, these three groupings must be identified accordingly. Social context refers to the life and relation of human beings in a community, how people interact with each other and the hierarchy/social circles. Historical context ...view middle of the document...

Austen describes the social setting of Emma, through the heroine's point of view in the lines "Highbury, the large and populous village almost amounting to a town, to which Hartfield, in spite of its separate lawn and shrubberies and name, did really belong, afforded her no equals. The Woodhouses were first in consequence there. All looked up to them" (Page 9). Here Austen is giving an insight into the 'world' of Emma, while giving the reader a sense of her status and how significant it is in her society. The diction used, especially in appointing the word "consequence" highlights how much Emma is preoccupied with people's standing in society and how this determines their overall character. Heckerling is aware of the social hierarchy apparent in Emma: the landed gentry, the merchant class, the working class, and lastly at the bottom of the social scale the servants/serfs/labourers. When appropriating Austen's novel to a modern-day context and converting Emma into a sixteen-year old high school student, Heckerling is able, through the school particularly, to illustrate that the issue of one's status in society has not changed greatly, especially through Emma's eyes and other arrogant people at her school, such as Elton and Amber. The filmic technique that most exemplifies this point and allows Heckerling to get the idea through to her audience is explored when Cher is filmed in her school environment, which basically makes up most of her world, apart from shopping and attending certain parties, because of the fact that she is so young. A long shot of the entrance to the high school is shown with a fair bit of landscape in the background and students 'hanging around' in their groups or circles. 'Betties' (good-looking girls), 'Barneys' (unattractive guys), 'loser loadies' (potheads), and 'the popular people' are just some of the stereotypes associated with each group that are used by Heckerling as the main method of transforming the social hierarchy of Emma into a more modern-day equivalent that the target audience of the film, teenagers, could relate to. The shot itself produces a real-life effect that is pleasing to the viewer as it invites them to enter Cher's world, while the sharp focus and high key lighting emphasizes what a bright sunny day it is at the Beverly Hills High School and contradicts with the events that will unfold as the plot progresses.The strict class hierarchy of Highbury allows for little social mobility or interaction. When Emma is in need of a new match-making candidate to ensue the success of her last project involving Mr Weston and his new wife, formerly Miss Taylor, she says to her father and also Mr. Knightley who both disagree with her on the subject of interfering in people's own affairs: "Only one more, papa; only for Mr. Elton! You like Mr. Elton, papa, - I must look about for a wife for him. There is nobody in Highbury who deserves him-and he has been here a whole year, and has fitted up his house so comfortably...

Other Essays Like How Does The Composer Of "Clueless" Use Film Techniques To Transform The Social, Historical And Environmental Context Of Jane Austen's "Emma" To The Modern Context Of "Clueless"?

Emma/Clueless Transformations Essay

3080 words - 13 pages through Clueless modifying Jane Austen’s 19th century canonical text, Emma to give it appeal to a contemporary audience. Although these compositions are two centuries apart, they are successful in exploring similar human values and qualities in different contexts. Such qualities are seen where the responder must reflect on social status and class, self awareness and the role of women. Thus, inner transformations and growth towards maturity in Emma

Social context of fairy tales, using "Little Red Riding Hood" and the film "Ever After" as examples

541 words - 3 pages Little Red Riding Hood and her grandmother (ie. patriarchal dominance of society at that time).MODERN VERSIONS OF LITTLE RED RIDING HOOD- Less moralistic, but still reflective of the social limitations of this period in time.- Often aimed at conveying and underscoring contemporary attitudes relating to child assertiveness and protection to both children and parents.- More pressure on the story to be told in a politically correct manner. Excessive

To What Extent Does the Structure, Language and Form of ‘the Swing’ by Don Paterson Explore His Ideas About Guilt Within the Context of His Collection, Rain?

1222 words - 5 pages To what extent does the structure, language and form of ‘The Swing’ by Don Paterson explore his ideas about guilt within the context of his collection, Rain? Don Paterson has described his 2009 collection, Rain, as ‘wall-to-wall death and divorce’. Rain is written in response to the death of his friend, Michael Donaghy, and the collection has an elegiac tone with guilt as its major theme. An analysis of Rain gives an understanding of

How Does Miller Use Representations of Speech and Other Dramatic Techniques to Create Conflict in This Extract and in One Other Episode Elsewhere in the Play?

1076 words - 5 pages How does Miller use representations of speech and other dramatic techniques to create conflict in this extract and in one other episode elsewhere in the play? (30 marks) In this extract George is trying to convince Ann and Chris that Keller is guilty and that Steve (George and Ann’s father) is an innocent man who was framed for the killing of 21 pilots. George is hysterical as both Ann and Chris rubbish his claims and it is evident that he is

Jane Austen's Emma

1070 words - 5 pages Jane Austen's Emma belongs to a period in English history known as the Regency (1811—1820). But as a literary figure writing at the beginning of the nineteenth century, Austen can be considered a descendant of the Age of Reason. It was a time of economic revolt, political unrest, and change. Marriage is a main theme in almost all of Jane Austen’s works and it is always shown in the woman’s point of view. Marriage, in that time, is not about

In What Ways Does The Social And Cultural Context Help Us In Appreciating The Play Macbeth

2603 words - 11 pages . Throughout the play there are references to historical events that happened during the time the play was being written. This is so that it appeals more to the audience and makes it easier for them to relate to the play. Equivocation is one of the main themes in Macbeth. The witches are a prime example of how equivocation is used in the play. The Supernatural world versus the rest of society shows the witches being feared because of their powers but

What Techniques Does Seamus Heaney Use to Create a Vivid and Unusual Image of a Fish in His Poem, ‘Trout’?

781 words - 4 pages The theme of this poem is about a ‘Trout.’ We can picture the texture, movement shape and size of the fish with the variety of similes and metaphors he uses. The tone of the poem is awe and admiration and delight in the skill of the fish. Yet, we also get a notion of fear of the power of the trout. The writer has made us get an unusual image of the trout by comparing the somewhat harmless trout to weapon, thus making the trout seem powerful and

Context of the Problem

796 words - 4 pages Context of the Problem Anthony Smith-Ranson Research Methods RES 531 Context of the Problem Information technology (IT) is now solidly a vital part of any organization (Stockman, Leung, Nyland, & Said, 2013). As the use of computer networks, especially the Internet, has become pervasive, the concept of computer security has expanded to denote issues pertaining to the networked use of computers and their resources (Kinkus, 2002

Sensitive Mothering Is Essential to the Social and Emotional Development of the Child. Discuss This Statement in the Context of Relevant Developmental Theory

2767 words - 12 pages Sensitive mothering is essential to the social and emotional development of the child. Discuss this statement in the context of relevant developmental theory. Explain what is meant by the term sensitive mothering. Explain why sensitive mothering is important in building a positive emotional base. (15) - Give a definition of sensitive mothering (also consider insensitive mothering). - Link this to a positive or non-positive emotional

Assess The Moral Arguments And Political Actions Of Those Opposed To The Spread Of Slavery In The Context Of Two Of The Following

473 words - 2 pages Assess the moral arguments and political actions of those opposed to the spread of slavery in the context of two of the following:The Missouri CompromiseThe Mexican WarCompromise Of 1850Kansas-Nebraska Act The moral and political actions of those opposed to the spread of slavery in the context of The Mexican War and The Kansas-Nebraska Act are very conflicting. With the upset in balance of the Mexican War, antislavery activists

Business Ethics and Csr in the Context of Samsung

3341 words - 14 pages confirm that their products are free from any kind of conflict minerals which use child labour and cause sever environmental degradation. In order to determine whether conflict minerals have been used, it is necessary to investigate smelters and mines by surveying the entire supply chain. They can conduct supplier audits to detect whether the mineral provided by smelters to their suppliers are not conflict minerals. Thirdly, the management can

Related Papers

How Effectively Does The Composer Use Language To Create The World Of The Novel?

1063 words - 5 pages How effectively does the composer use language to create the world of the novel? The composer, Michael Parker uses a variety of language techniques and narrative techniques to effectively to create the world and atmosphere of Doppelganger. This novel is about a teenager named Andrew Davies, who incidentally finds himself travelling between two parallel worlds, one of which is civilised and the other being uncivilised with no morals, laws and

Comparison Of Car/Carriage Scene In 'emma' And 'clueless'

481 words - 2 pages even know who my father is?' revealing the transcending importance of family background and social connections, and the superficiality within both societies.In establishing context, the viewer is shown the contrasting social expectations of the liberal, post modern era and the more conservative regency period in Emma. The heated quarrel in Elton's car which leads to Cher being abandoned in a remote location at night would have been regarded as

Character Transformation – Emma And Clueless

986 words - 4 pages “did not by any means rank as misfortunes with her.” All in all, Austen’s tone is very formal and methodical. This is a representation of the time in which Jane Austen herself lived which in turn affects her way of writing and the way in which Emma is introduced to us. Austen’s way of writing and choice of words epitomize the morals and values present in 1815, the year in which Emma was written. Clueless by Amy Heckerling introduces the

Emma Versus. Clueless Essay

1457 words - 6 pages How does Heckerling’s Clueless sustain interest in the values presented in Austen’s Emma? Amy Heckerling’s Clueless, while maintaining the core plot and tone of Jane Austen’s Emma, sustains interest by its appropriation into a humorous teen flick in a post-modern style. Heckerling adopts the narrative and characterisation of the 19th century novel and transforms it to a contemporary film that satirises the consumer-driven world of 1990s Los