Transformations: Emma and Clueless Essay
Responders of both texts are positioned to see familiar values and attitudes reflected in different worlds. From a “time characterised by massive …show more content…
The critique of Austen’s society is thus softened, but so too is Emma’s moral transformation. Knightley says of Emma “You are materially changed since we talked” and she replies “I hope so for at that time I was a fool.” Even so, as Knightley clearly states, she is only “materially changed” at a very superficial level. Her ways of thinking and role within society remain unaffected and the “happy endings” of the novel imply that everything will go on as usual, in the microcosmic world of Highbury, a reflection of the rigidly structured and insular 19th century society.
Critiques note that “Cher’s world is paradoxically bigger and smaller than Emma’s” her transformation can be described likewise. Her transformation is similarly superficial to Emma’s, though due to the differing contexts manifests itself in an altered way. The film medium aims to externalise the internal, so Cher’s transformation is depicted visually. We see her