By: Bailey Pogue, Rachel Gill, and Sydney Smith
Emma Woodhouse is a twenty year old who sees herself to be gifted in matchmaking. After self-declared success at matchmaking between her governess and Mr. Weston, a village widower, Emma takes it upon herself to find an eligible match for her new friend, Harriet Smith.
Emma tries to match Harriet with the village vicar, Mr. Elton. However, this plan goes awry when Mr. Elton confesses his love for Emma, ruining her plan to set him up with Harriet.
Mr. Knightley, Emma’s brother-in-law, watches as Emma interferes with others feeling and quarrels with Emma about her meddling.
Later, after much meddling, Emma is worried that Harriet’s feelings will be crushed when Frank Churchill leaves to marry Jane. But it is not Frank that Harriet has grown found to. Harriet confesses having feelings for Mr. Knightley, and she believes that Knightley shares her feelings. Emma finds herself upset by Harriet’s revelation, and her distress forces her to realize that she is in love with Knightley.
Emma expects Knightley to tell her he loves Harriet, but, to her delight, Knightley declares his love for Emma. Harriet is soon comforted by a second proposal from Robert Martin, which she accepts. The novel ends with the marriage of Harriet and Mr. Martin and the marriage of Emma and Mr. Knightley, resolving the question of who loves whom after all.
Themes In Book
Marriage and Social Status: Emma arranges these matches based primarily on social status. During the author’s time, social status was determined by a combination of family background, reputation, and wealth and marriage was one of the main ways in which one could raise one’s social status.
The Blinding Power of Imagination: Sometimes Emma’s imagination has a mind of its own, and when it comes to setting up people, her imagination can cloud her judgement. For example, she doesn't understand Mr. Elton’s actions because she imagines that he is in love with Harriet. Emma’s biases cause her to invent an attachment between Harriet and Frank and blind her to the fact that Harriet actually has feelings for Knightley. At the same time, Frank’s desire to use Emma as a screen for his real preference causes him to believe mistakenly that she is aware of the situation between him and Jane.
The Obstacles to Open Expression: To differing degrees, characters are unable to express their feelings directly and openly, and their feelings are therefore mistaken. When Emma is not able to openly accept her possible feelings towards Mr. Knightley, tensions form between Harriet and Emma because of Emma’s new jealousy.
Key Scenes of The Book...
- Emma’s original introduction at the beginning of the novel. It presents Emma and start the introduction into her hobby of setting friends up. This initial situation helps lead to the story’s plot line and later brings conflict and suspense throughout the novel. This beginning part also builds Emma’s character and alerts the reader that while Emma enjoys setting up her friends, she does not plan to arrange her own marriage.
- When Emma realizes she loves Mr. Knightley, because when Harriet announces that she has possible feelings for Mr. Knightley, Emma starts getting jealous and realizing that she too has feelings for Mr. Knightley. This also is a turning point because this realization of her feelings goes against all of Emma’s prior notions of how she never thought she would marry.
- When Mr. Knightley confesses his love to Emma. This scene helps to resolve the issues presented when Harriet confessed that she may have had feelings for Mr. Knightley. This scene helps to wrap up the novel by bringing the story full circle by having Emma be “matched” instead of being the matchmaker. Mr. Knightley’s announcement of his love for Emma helps contribute to Austen’s overall storyline and on how Emma comes to realize how she can mistake her perceptions.
Theatrical Production: Clueless
Cher is rich, pretty, blonde, and popular, and knows how to talk anyone into doing just about anything. Her role as a match maker begins when she tries to set up her harsh teacher with another teacher at her school. Cher and her friend Dion go through many tasks to get them together in hope of their teacher grading easier.
When a girl named Tai transfers to Cher's school, she and Dion give her a makeover and attempt to find her a boyfriend. Cher soon realizes that she wants a boyfriend herself, but no one seems to be right for her. She goes through a spiritual makeover and realizes that there's more to life than clothes and popularity before she finds the boy of her dreams.
Release Date: July 19, 1995 (USA)
Director: Amy Heckerling
Adapted from: Emma
Screenplay: Amy Heckerling
Story By: Jane Austen
Producer: Robert Lawrence
"Clueless." IMDb. IMDb.com, n.d. Web. 18 May 2015.
The movie Clueless does an excellent job of transferring the story Emma By: Jane Austen to a contemporary context. "I do not know whether it ought to be so, but certainly silly things do cease to be silly if they are done by sensible people in an impudent way. Wickedness is always wickedness, but folly is not always folly." -Emma
This quote is transparent with the main character of Clueless, Cher Horowitz. She is privileged, arrogant, and ditzy, but charming at the exact same time. The movie does a great job at making her like-able when in most cases she would be the one people disliked. The movie is girly and cheesy, but is never slow or boring. The settings in the movie were awesome, and really captured the story and the attitudes of the characters. One part of the movie I didn’t like was when Cher gets robbed because it was so unrealistic. The rest of the theatrical production was great!
Movie Title : Matchmaker
Directors/Producers : Bailey Pogue, Rachel Gill, and Sydney Smith
The story would start with Emmett, a young college student at the University of Hawaii (played by Adam Brody from The O.C.). He is a senior in college and is currently living with his roommate, Chad (played by Channing Tatum for She’s the Man). Emmett notices that Chad is quite lonely all the time and thinks it’s time for Chad to find a girlfriend before they graduate. After setting up his brother with his current fiance, Emmett believes that he can match anyone with their soulmate. So, being the best friend, Emmett takes matching Chad into his own hands.
Although Emmett believes that he is the “super matchmaker,” he himself has never had a stable relationship. He seems to bounce around from girl to girl, and never seems to stick with one girl. His family can’t seem to figure out why he never sticks with one girl, but they think it is because of his parents nasty divorce.
In comes Susan, the ditzy, blonde sorority girl (played by Emma Stone from Easy A) that Emmett have been friends with for years. He decided that Susan and Chad would be the perfect couple, so he sets off to make it work. While meddling with Chad and Susan’s love lives, Emmett’s family friend, Margo (played by Leighton Meester from Gossip Girl) stands on the side, bashing Emmett at all his attempts to get Susan and Chad together.
After all his planning, life interferes with Emmett’s plan. One evening, while at a party, Susan drunkenly confesses her love to Emmett and completely screws up his plan. Soon after alerting Chad of Susan’s news, Chad tells Emmett that he’s okay with that because he thinks that he is starting to have feelings for Margo. This bothers Emmett, and he soon realizes that after all those years of being friends, he too had feelings for Margo.
A few days later, Margo comes up to Emmett to chat. Thinking that she will say something about liking Chad, Emmett reluctantly agrees to go to dinner with Margo. While at dinner, Margo confesses that she has always had a crush on Emmett and that seeing Susan flirt with him at the party made her realize how much she liked Emmett.
The story ends with the four kids graduating. Emmett and Margo plan to move to California and get married; while Chad had met a local surfer at a bar and planned to stay on the Big Island with her. In the end, everyone is happy, and Emmett realizes that he may not be the best at setting people up.
Character Analysis and Scene Example
- Emmett Hill (Emma): played by Adam Brody
- He is a wealthy jock that is a senior in college. He is a very loyal friend and likes to see his friends happy. Emmett is an attractive person, but very picky about the girls he likes. He is sought after by many girls, but he would only potentially date a girl who is of high social status.
- [Scene] Emmett comes to realize that he might actually have feelings for Margo, and becomes very jealous/angry at Chad because he also likes Margo. The once best friends now have tension between them, and stop hanging out.
- Chad Harrison (Harriet): played by Channing Tatum
- Emmett’s roommate from Southern California. He just moved to U of Hawaii during his sophomore year, and was befriended by Emmett when he went through Rush. He is usually a very independent young man, but has decided that it is time to start looking for his first real relationship.
- [Scene] When Emmett offers the idea of Chad dating Susan, Chad gets intrigued but when that starts to fall apart, he sees how nice Margo is and sees how he could possibly have a future with her.
- Margo Taylor (Mr. Knightley): played by Leighton Meester
- Margo is one of Emmett’s closest and longest friends. She has known him forever and knows the true Emmett. She stands by while he tries to be the matchmaker, but she doesn’t really approve of his meddling.
- [Scene] At the end of the movie, Margo confesses her love to Emmett even though for the longest time she has tried to hide these emotions. This moment is pivotal for both characters because they both realize that they have had feelings for eachother for so long and both, after all these years, and just now acting on these notions.
- Susan Elliot (Mr. Elton): played by Emma Stone
- Susan is Emmett and Chad’s ditzy friend. She is a very big flirt and is Emmett’s target to match with Chad. She cares a lot about what others think about her and she makes sure people know that she knows she looks good.
- [Scene] Towards the middle of the movie, Susan is at a party with Emmett and some other friends. She drunkenly confesses her love to Emmett, completely ruining Emmett’s attempt to set Chad up with Susan. This moment also helps to elaborate on Susan’s character and helps the audience she how ditzy and blonde she is.
At the University of Hawaii, Honolulu, HI 2015
We picked the University of Hawaii because it sounds so beautiful and it gives the college experience to the story rather than like in Clueless when Cher and her friends were dealing with high school drama. College presents a whole new aspect to the story and presents the characters with other problems.
Meet the Characters
Chad has a little more laid back style than Emmett. He prefers his sweats and doesn’t feel like he needs to dress to impress anyone. We picked Channing Tatum because in She’s the Man he played a jock but was not like a fashionista. So we thought that he could be a good medium in between a bed bug and a frat boy.
Emmett is basically a frat star. He wears preppy clothes and tries to make sure he looks fly. We picked Adam Brody because during his time on The O.C. he was clever and witty and we decided that it was time for him to play the hot jock. Plus he is not hard on the eyes;)
We picked Leighton Meester to play Margo because in real life she is married to Adam Body and we thought it would be good to have them as these characters because we know that they have prior chemistry. On the show Gossip Girl she plays a complicated friend, and this is perfect for Emmett because this movie is full of complicated relationships. She is very into fashion and runs with the wealthy crowd of the University of Hawaii with Emmett.
Susan is a cute and fun girl who is very much a girly girl. She is flirty and likes to look good for all her possible suitors. We picked Emma Stone to be Susan because she is a very good actor and she can play many different roles and we thought that a ditzy role would be good for her to try. Also she is so pretty as a blonde and we thought that she would be a good idea for the pretty girl of the story.
Music for Matchmaker
Dirty Little Secret by All-American Rejects
(opening song/opening credits)
4 Ever by The Veronicas
Shake it by Metro Station
(pump up song)
Girlfriend by Avril Lavigne
(when Emmett decides he likes Margo)
Take A Bow by Rihanna
(sad song when the plan starts to unravel)
Happy Together by Simple Plan
Ultimate by Lindsay Lohan
(the end of the movie when everything works out)
Na Na by Superchick
(one of the in between songs)
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"Avril Lavigne Girlfriend (Clean) *Lyrics*." YouTube. N.p., 5 June 2012. Web. 18 May 2015.
Channing Tatum. Digital image. The Hollywood Billboard. N.p., n.d. Web. 15 May 2015. <http://thehollywoodbillboard.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/09/Channing-tatum-1.jpg>.
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Emma Stone. Digital image. People: Style Watch. N.p., n.d. Web. 15 May 2015. <http://img2.timeinc.net/people/i/2014/stylewatch/blog/140113/emma-stone-1-600x450.jpg>.
Leighton Meester. Digital image. Feelgrafix. N.p., n.d. Web. 15 May 2015. <http://feelgrafix.com/940394-leighton-meester.html>.
"Lindsay Lohan - Ultimate (Freaky Friday) [HD 1080p]." YouTube. N.p., 10 June 2012. Web. 18 May 2015.
"Metro Station - Shake It." YouTube. N.p., 24 Oct. 2009. Web. 18 May 2015.
"Simple Plan - Happy Together Lyrics." YouTube. N.p., 18 Mar. 2012. Web. 18 May 2015.
"Superchick - Na Na (lyrics)." YouTube. N.p., 7 Sept. 2008. Web. 18 May 2015.
"Take A Bow-Rihanna With Lyrics!!" YouTube. N.p., 28 June 2008. Web. 18 May 2015.
"The All American Rejects-Dirty Little Secret (Lyrics)." YouTube. N.p., 6 July 2009. Web. 18 May 2015.
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University of Hawaii. Digital image. N.p., n.d. Web. 15 May 2015. <https://s3.amazonaws.com/data.tackk.com/mio/38345928/14317169492989/large.png>.
"4Ever- The Veronicas Lyrics." YouTube. N.p., 20 Feb. 2012. Web. 18 May 2015.