Podcast Question: Imagine We?

This past week we discussed the society of the One Nation in Yevgeny¬†Zamyatin’s dystopian novel We. Imagine for a minute that it was you living in this world, living with such efficiency and such a planned purpose that nothing can ultimately go wrong. Thinking about Taylorism and sacrificing freedom for efficiency, would you want to be a part of the One Nation?

Then take that thought one step further, imagine you are building your own One Nation society, what aspects would you use or not use in this society?

Comparing Word Count Through Mediums & Characters

When first deciding on what I wanted to show in a graph, I thought about points and areas of emphasis I wanted to really hone in on. Things such as who is writing and to what audience as well as when. The word count was also another area that I really though needed to but thought about. In the end I decided to first build a graph on who says the most. This is such a simple graph but one that can really show a lot about the characters in the book. When looking at this graph is is easy to see that Harker, Seward, and Mina talk by far the most. This can be used to infer that they are the three most main characters, but in reality the biggest character is actually Dracula himself, who the book is name after. It was surprising seeing how little Lucy actually would say compared to Mina and even Van Helping. I then decided to take the graph a step further by keeping the word count in, but then changing it by removing the character and replacing them with the  genre type. This showed even more emphasis on the importance of each type of genre and how much it offered to say. Again Mina, Harker, and Seward offer the most but then documents such as the Log of the Demeter and cuttings from the Dailygraph have larger word counts than letters between characters. This is important because it shows the author’s commitment to facts and stated archives rather than personal account between characters. The journals offer the most and that makes sense also considering the first graph shows that the word count by chapter matches the word count by genre. 

When analyzing the letters it is also interesting to look at which groups of people write to each other the most. I did not find it surprising that it was Mina and Lucy who wrote the most to each other. This makes sense considering their relationship and also shows how well connected the two ladies are. When looking at the letters between the two and Lucy’s own diary, it turns out that there is a larger word count between the two than just Lucy writing to herself. I did also feel surprised to find that the next largest word count in a letter was between Arthur Hollywood and Dr. Seward. A pair that I would not put together.¬†