Has Heckerling Ruined Emma?

‘Has Heckerling ruined Emma?’

The twisted turn to the classical novel Emma by Jane Austen is the teenage film flick   ‘Clueless’ directed by Amy Heckerling. Goodmorning Ms Gambian and classmates, I am here to classify the inquiry that has arisen due to the adaptation, Has Heckerling ruined Emma. Despite minor changes, the entwinement of value of social class, theme of blinding power of imagination in relation to marriage, and characterization of the protagonist is preserved in a modern approach due to the encompassment of modernistic phenomena. Heckerling has not ruined Emma, as Clueless remains genuine to its parent text, transforming the foremost concerns of the Regency era to the modern day.

One’s class of the 20th century can be traced to the Regency era as the value of social status is still retained. In emma, birth and wealth determined one’s class which is apparent in the imagery of, ‘’Highbury, large and populous village…. The Woodhouses were first... All looked up to them.’’ The physical setting embodies the value of the social status, emphasising on physical wealth of the Woodhouse, but also the structural order of the village, which reflects the art of the neoclassical period, a time of control and refinement. Austen focuses on the Woodhouse who stands at the top of the social hierarchy to accentuate the great power and position of Emma. Likewise, Clueless conveys the value of social status in the 20th century mean through appearance. Exhibited in the prestige microcosmic Beverly Hills high school of Cher meeting Tai, separate panels were utilized to highlight Cher’s higher social class. The empathic tone in her dialogue of ‘’my mission is clear’’ displays leadership qualities in which ‘’all look up to’’ her. The differing social class is distinct in the pedestal up movement of Tai, focusing on the clothes worn to stress that appearance determined social class. The negative dialogue of ‘’she could be a farmer in those clothes’ affirms this notion....