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When it comes to the literary "canon," the works that can be placed into this category have the themes, structure, and complexity that can mirror the humans who read them.
On the technical level, Snow Falling on Cedars may be placed into the literary canon because it appeared as a choice for essay question #3 on the Advanced Placement English Literature exam, which is from the CollegeBoard, an esteemed group of literary scholars.
For deeper analytical reasons why Snow Falling on Cedars meets "canon requirements," one should analyze the use of flashback, the multi-layred plot, the multi-faceted characters, the beautiful figurative language that develops into imagery and symbols, the themes, and the transcendental morals that require questioning of ingrained racial prejudice .
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