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This is a paper written by an undergraduate English student. Both of the main characters, Cher and Emma, are spoiled, high class snobs who, after undergoing a crisis brought on by their own pride and repression of their feelings, are transformed from callowness to mental and emotional maturity.
However, the film also diverges from the original story in that it eliminates a key character and events that have an effect on Emma Woodhouse's psychological growth.
From the very beginning of both the novel and the movie, we can see the similarities between the two main characters.
Emma Woodhouse is part of the rich, upscale society of a "large and populous village" in nineteenth century England, while Cher Horowitz lives in rich, upscale Beverly Hills, U. In Highbury, the Woodhouses are "first in consequence there.
All looked up to them. Cher is also one of the most popular girls at her school. The description of Emma that Austen gives is also a description of Cher.
She is "handsome, clever, and rich, with a comfortable home and happy disposition. Because of their wealth, both Emma and Cher are spoiled, in control socially, and tend to think too highly of themselves. This is a result of the lack of a maternal figure in their lives, as well as their fathers' over-indulgence.
Cher has everything a teenage girl could want: Like a lot of girls, she spends a large amount of time and money at the mall; however, she spends hundreds and thousands of dollars on her clothes, not the kind of money a typical teenager would spend.
Because her father is so busy with his court cases, he has little time to spend with her to give her guidance and discipline.
An example of Cher's snobbishness can be seen in the scene where she and Dionne are explaining to Tai how to become more popular. Cher states that she has already started to elevate her social status "due to fact that you hang with Dionne and I.
A similar state of affairs exists in Emma.
Emma's mother had also died when she was very young, and her father and governess were too lenient and indulgent during her upbringing. This snobbery leads Cher and Emma to, in their eyes, take pity on Tai and Harriet Smith, two girls of lower social status.
Emma decides that Harriet's "soft blue eyes should not be wasted on the inferior society of Highbury and its connections", and that the friends Harriet has already made were "unworthy of her" and "causing her harm". Even though she has never met the Martin family, with whom Harriet had stayed, 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.Jane Austen was John Hibbard's 5th Cousin, and also was an English novelist whose works include Sense and Sensibility, Pride and Prejudice, Mansfield Park, Emma, Northanger Abbey, and arteensevilla.coms: Cassandra Austen.
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