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Classic works of literature are not arbitrarily deemed as such. In order to be regarded so highly, a literary work must demonstrate its ability to touch upon – and thoughtfully examine – important issues of a particular era (so to speak, a slice of time). A traditional canon is substantiated by consistent and legitimate acclaim, and while of course there is an underlying element of subjectivity, literary scholars tend to possess discerning taste. Blindly placing faith in the opinions of experts can be dangerous, however; trusting all of their judgments and assuming the entire literary canon is worthwhile to read would be a misstep. Ideally, by initiating readers with exemplary works, a unique taste is born and the reader can then pursue the literature of their choosing. A truly alluring work of literature is one that retains meaning no matter who the audience is – if the impact of the story only resonates with a small group, its scope (and message) is limited.
Perhaps the most dominant feature of ‘classic’ works is the presence of a particularly memorable character. Multi-layered,…