Clueless Essay

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Throughout the film Clueless, Alicia Selverstone plays the main role of Cher, a wealthy and spoilt girl, who is totally clueless. She is a character who is paralleled to Emma, a character of Jane Austin's novel.Cher spends most of her time matchmaking. As she says, "…excuse me…I have contributed many hours to helping two lonely teachers find romance" she gives us the idea that matchmaking is a worthwhile cause, as though it's as good as helping the environment or contributing to charity. This also portrays to us the image that it is a sacrifice for Cher in which she gave up time and effort.*Emma also spends her time matchmaking Cher feels that she is one of a kind, and because of her, the world is a better place. "I'm going to take the lost souls in there and make her well dressed and popular. Her life will be better because of me." Her we see that gossip, manipulation and mind games are all that Cher concerns herself with.However, even though Cher may feel that she is doing well for others, by meddling into people's lives, she becomes inconsiderate of people's opinion. This is signified through her matchmaking according to what she thinks is right, regardless of the opinion and feelings of individuals involved. We can depict Cher's inconsiderate matchmaking, as she constantly drives Tai away from Travis. However we see that Tai and Travis share common interest, and perhaps are interest in one another.Likewise in Austin's Emma, we see that Emma constantly drives Harriet away from Mr Martin, in which Harriet finds interest. Even though Emma has never met the Martin family, she condemns them as "coarse and unpolished, and very unfit to be the intimates of a girl who wanted only a little more knowledge to be quite perfect." It is illustrated to us that Cher is an extremely manipulative person, who enjoys fashioning the world around her, as Dionne describes, "Cher's main thrill in life is a makeover because "It gives her a sense of control in a world full of chaos." Cher understands her world in terms of makeover and what she fashions. Even her school report is seen as something which she can refashion. However she is put to a stop when she fails her driving test and the man tells her that as far as he is concerned, he is "the messiah" as she attempts to negotiate.As Cher says, "God, this woman is screaming for a makeover. I'm her only hope" she feels that she has power over individuals and that she can manipulate them as she likes. Yet again Cher becomes judgemental based on outer appearance. The fact that Cher feels that she's Miss Geist's "only hope", implies that she's the only hero that will rescue Miss Geist from what she perceives as mess. This may mean that she is not up to Cher's standard therefore is seen as a mess. From such statements we can see that Cher is confident in her abilities.*Emma also felt that she has the power to change Harriet into a better person In Cher's world status is based on popularity, image, fashion,...

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