The Social Hierarchy And Social Values Of Marriage Essays

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How has the composer of the contemporary text used the earlier text to say something new?
Introduction
Gaining fresh, innovative insights that appeal to modern consciousness entails the adaption of a text to a contemporary contextual environment, and by comparing both Jane Austen’s Regency Era novel, Emma (1815), and Amy Heckerling’s postmodern American film, Clueless (1995), it is evident that the film has been re-appropriated in such a way that Austen’s voice is still heard today, while also projecting Heckerling’s views on present-day society. While both Emma and Clueless fall under similar timeless themes, such as the social hierarchy and the social values of marriage, which contribute to the female bildungsroman of their main protagonist who both go through a process of being childish, ignorant and surrounded by misconception to maturing, the texts are moulded by differing contexts. Where Austen’s representation is shaped by the Regency Era conception of marriage which wasn’t for the purposes of genuine love but to maintain social status, Heckerling’s portrayal is derived from 1990s American teen culture of consumerism, materialism and superficiality and where marriage is represented as romantic in nature.
BP1 Emma: Social hierarchy
Whether a person could be of the highest rank in society was greatly determined by the extent of their inherited wealth and less wealthy people would be in a subordinate position to the rich and this is portrayed in Jane Austen’s Emma. This…

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