My time with Voyant yielded some fascinating, if not seemingly obvious information.  Seeing as how a large portion of the novel is dedicated to horror, of a more industrial nature, I wanted to examine just want the connotations of science entailed in the novel.


The first graph i made was a bubble lines comparison of the terms, “Father” shown in blue, “Science” shown in pink, “Happiness” in green, and “Misery” in purple.  Fascinatingly there seems to be a correlation between the instances of both “Father” and “Misery” though not a very pronounced one.  Misery however does coincide with science somewhat strongly as they both occur simultaneously in many instances.  There is interestingly a correlation between all four of them, but only very noticeably towards the beginning of the text.


For the next image I wanted to see if there was a connection between Justine, Elizabeth, and Misery.  I threw science in for added measure, though that didn’t do much.  Elizabeth and Justine however seem to both be mentioned relatively frequently.  The peaks of their incidence coincide, though Elizabeth is more common.  Similarly misery seems to spike when they are mentioned as well.  Terrible as that sounds, clearly this is a thematic issue which can be used to trace the misery so prevalent in the novel.


Finally i decided to see if science correlated with father, and sure enough it did quite strongly at the beginning.  This too exposes a tension underlying the text, as the implications of Victor’s science are far greater even on a syntactic level.

All of this reveals some interesting things about Frankenstein.  First, not to abuse a cliche but, Freud would have a field day with any of these implications.  Second, while it cannot be definitively said what this means, it cannot be said that there is no reason for these correlations even on a quantitative level.

Graphs, Maps and, Trees 2.0


for the knot: man=blue, dark green=father, pinkish purple=time, light green=life, purple = said


for line graph: green=father, blue=man

  1. The first image uses word bubbles to stack all the words in the text on top of each other in bubble form. I set it so all of the words in the text would be used, just out of curiosity. The image places all of the less used words in the background, highlighting the more frequently used ones in the foreground. Words such as life, father, and said are circled in darker bubbles, showing their more frequent usage.
  2. The second image is by far my favorite. I loved watched this knot tie itself together, thus showing the relationship and usage between the commonly used words. The image shows the usage of the words in relation to each other. The green line which represents the word “life” seems to be used independently of the other commonly used words. “Time” is also shown to be used very frequently, but also independently. Words like “father” and “man” often bump into each other.
  3. The third image is a simple line graph which illustrates the usage of the words “father” and “man”, two of the most common words in the text. While in the beginning of the text, it was more likely to see the word “man”, by the end it became more common to see the word “father”. Perhaps it was not more common, but there is a large peek in the usage of “man” before there is a smaller peak in the usage of the word “father”, again, toward the end of the text.