yes, it's a classic. Maybe because it was written in old times when there were balls and people wore dresses on a daily basis....? Or maybe, quoting from Diary of A Wimpy Kid, 'it's written madami than 50 years before and the person who wrote it is dead.' well, something like that...
It's a classic. I don't know, I would define a classic as something you could study in English but that's probably not the best definition. I think it's a mix of popularity and... you know, the deep stuff. I really don't know :3
It's a classic because it manages to be great entertainment and great art at the same time.
She has polished her language and prose to a refinement that is beautiful to read and rare in literature. Austen is sinabi to have mastered structure and proportion - she husbands her resources. The scenes involving the mga manliligaw we care about are used sparingly, and spaced out, and we can appreciate that, or, if we prefer, just simply pine all the madami as we read, looking for changes in the situation.
A major attraction is that at least one major character must painfully change a deep flaw in their character, which is brought out through acrimony, with life-changing drama. The heroism in making this change, and the benefits it bestows, is breathtaking, and I'm convinced that is why Casablanca resonated with audiences much madami than the filmmakers ever anticipated. Shakespeare's Henry IV is a wonderful and powerful example of a main character "turning it around". Related to this is the fact that, far from blinded sa pamamagitan ng passion, both characters arrive at their decision to marry through intelligent thought processes and experiences which rivet us as they unfold, yet the emotion that draws us in is still palpable, and we ache with Darcy.
Austen uses nature as a beautiful symbol of harmony, pointing to the marital harmony we all seeks when searching for a mate. But her use of the chance meeting at Pemberly of Elizabeth and Darcy (near the climax) as a sort of harmonic prism is in a class sa pamamagitan ng itself. This Pemberly scene refracts several story lines into a beautiful healing of disunity, misunderstanding, and heartache, involving - for both characters - forgiveness, patience, understanding, sincere love, as well the forsaking of being judgemental, and of course overcoming both pride and prejudice. These symbols,and plot lines, bringing Eliza and Darcy into a new mental, emotional and class symbiosis, is the work of a master - or at the very least of a brilliant author.
In terms of entertainment, in order to get readers to turn the page, and to create a pag-ibig a story engrossing enough to rave about to mga kaibigan to the point it becomes a sensation, takes a level of nuance and sophistication in storytelling prowess, and Austen's use of high comedy and wit will delight readers for generations to come.