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Emma and Clueless Essay

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It seems to be a reoccurring theme these days for movie writers to recycle old concepts and story lines. This is the exact case in the popular 1995 film Clueless written and directed by Amy Heckerling. This film seems to be all about the trials of the good life in Beverly Hills, but if one looks deeper it is actually a modern take on the classic novel Emma by Jane Austen. When closely examined one can see how the two main characters are exactly alike except they are matched to their own particular time periods. The issues that affected Emma in her day and the same issue that affect Cher in hers. Cher and Emma are both over confident in themselves, they misjudge others, and they experience the same types of problems in their romantic…show more content…
Once these initial mistakes are made both characters begin to mess up over and over again. Emma believes Frank Churchill to be unspoken for and attempts to place herself in he favor. The best parallel for this in Clueless is when Cher mistakes a gay friend to be someone interested in dating her. Both men each have unarguable reasons for being decidedly unavailable. Another mistake both characters make is by insulting people close to them. Emma also insults Miss. Bates by implying that she is stupid, causing her true mate, Mr. Knightly, to think poorly of her (Austen, 191-194). In Clueless Cher says that Lucy, her maid, speaks "Mexican" as opposed to Spanish making Josh think she's rude.

Cher and Emma both make the mistake of misjudging others. Neither of them can correctly judge the intentions of others. Emma believes that her attempts to set up Harriet with Mr. Elton are successful when he begins to spend all of his time with the girls and fawns over her painting of Harriet like a schoolboy. However, Emma cannot see that Mr. Elton has set his sights on her and not her friend. His love for the painting is due to the painter and not to the model. Cher encounters the same dilemma when she believes that Elton is in love with Ty. Elton asks for the picture of Ty to put in his locker, it is because it is a picture Cher has taken not because it is of Ty. Whenever he does anything nice for her, Cher
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