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Jane Austens many novels contain a complexity of thought and a depth of character that distinguish them from other stories Emma is no exception to this general rule In fact Emmas most winning trait may well be the well roundedness of its characters Every character displays unique behaviors that reflect the realistic mix of good and bad habits that most individuals have In fascinating contradiction to this is the one-dimensional character development occurring in Clueless a 1995 movie adaptation of Emma Cluelesss simplistic approach to plot and characterization both enhances and detracts from the original story of Emma Regardless Cluelesss concept of the personalities of Emma is effective in that it expands the whole range of possible interpretations of the novel Foremost in any discussion of Emma is Austens interestingly multi-dimensional portrayal of her protagonist Emma While Austen claimed to be writing of a character whom no one but herself would much like Emma nonetheless seems winsome and good The very first sentence of the novel describes her as handsome clever and rich and displaying some of the best blessings of existence Austen 37 She has the sense and energy and spirits that others lack and the care that she takes of her father is admirable Austen 49 While Emma also seems very class-conscious and a little naive Austen clearly establishes Emma as a character with only the best intentions Austen does not hesitate to point out the faults of Emma she does however avoid dwelling on them For example when Mr Elton his love for Emma she is insulted by the arrogance of this social inferior she goes on to complain about the presumptuousness of someone of such lowly ties Austen 154 This along with Emmas various other hierarchal remarks illuminates Emmas aristocratic shallow side At the same time though Emmas good qualities constantly shine through She admits that the worst error in the Elton incident was her own and regrets making light of
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