I used screenshots, even though I would have much preferred to embed the links, but I couldn’t figure out how. The screenshots don’t really show everything I discovered, especially with “Bubbles” but I will summarize below.
Using the “Trends” tool we played with in class, I traced the usage of the words father, mother, and child in the 1818 version of Frankenstein. (I used the asterisk* to include all endings on these words and set the graph at 12 divisions). I was interested in this trend because much of the feminist criticism of this novel focuses on motherhood and childbirth as themes– this graph shows that the term “father” is much favored over both “mother” and “child” which may be further evidence that by creating his monster, Victor is trying to supplant the role of the mother in creation. The biggest spike occurs towards the end of the novel which may coincide with both Victor’s reunion with his father and his fear of the monster returning to destroy him.
I used the same terms in the “Links” tool to deepen my understanding of how these words are used in the text. The most interesting findings from this tool were the links between “child” and “dead” and the links between “mother” and “death”. So I made another web using mother*, child* and dea* (a less than ideal choice because it includes dearest, dear, etc, but I wanted to include both “dead” and “death”) and found that while the links between both mother and child and “dea*” remained strong, there was no link between mother and child.
Finally, I played around with the “Bubbles” tool, but it really needs to be viewed in motion and does not show much as a screenshot. You can’t really customize it to search for specific terms (at least I couldn’t figure out how to) but you can speed it up or slow it down to show how different words trend in frequency across the span of the book. One observation I made is the word “believe” pops up in the beginning, disappears throughout the middle, and then reappears at the end. I think this is due to the strange narration of the text. In the beginning, both Walton and Victor are urging their listeners to “believe” the truth of this tale. I’m wondering how/why it reappears at the end– is it the narrative frame resolving itself or does it come in when the monster is trying to make Victor “believe” his threats will come true?