I had it easy, but I guess this is where my struggles begin. I don’t think I have hit any level of frustration dealing with these tools until now! I remember back in phase one, my biggest struggles was attempting to figure out how to log in to this blog business and post. Here it begins..
To begin I pasted in the XML file and expected to have some misleading information because Voyeur needs to have characters speaking split from characters names mentioned, as well as stage directions removed. I struggled a bit, attempting to copy all of act 3 into Microsoft word to edit it (LOL). What a mistake that was. I am sorry but 60 pages of editing is not going to happen. What was I thinking?
I know that Tapor has a tool that does this; however, after spending two hours reading phase one blog posts from the team, and also messing around with the Tapor tool, I was unsuccessful in my mission. I was however able to figure out how to separate speakers. Unfortunately I could only get Gertrudeâ€™s lines to work and she really only appears in 3.4 (which ALSO keeps including itself in our analysis of 3 to 3.3).
I was also able to figure out how to use the tool from Tapor that counts the caps. I think this is a really unique and useful tool, especially since it is able to pull out names that one would not think to search. For example Jove or God.
Although I learned some great things and not so great things about Tapor, Voyeur is my tool. I am forced at this moment to work with what I have, and what I already know. Until these issues can be ironed out, unfortunately I am using it as it is. I feel like the majority of the tools could be used as a starting point, while Voyeur will be one of the tools used towards the end in order to further our analysis. Therefore, I’ve concluded that my hypothesis to begin analyzing act 3, should be basic, while excluding anything to do with characters specifically (until I can get my issues fixed).
The word cloud! Hamlet is appearing in the biggest font. Thank god. Something is cooperating with me this afternoon.
Working off of the word cloud, love was quite a large word. Love appeared 28 times, while loves and loved appeared once. Â This started to make me think about how the word love is used and how it changes throughout act 3 by all characters. This would also be neat to try it with other commonly used words! I found it interesting that â€œlovedâ€ was appearing towards the beginning. The word â€œlovedâ€ is past tense, meaning that Hamlet once did love. Â The combination of the words love and loves appear later, but by doing so, it demonstrates a change in feelings.Â If Tapor was cooperating with me, I could simply use just Hamletâ€™s line to analyze how his feelings change from his famous â€œto be or not to beâ€ speech, to his confrontation with his mother in 3.4. Another tool that is capable of searching for synonyms or even lemmas to determine words similar to love would be useful as well.
When paralleling my tool to other tools, I think Voyeur excels in the ability to do comparisons. I was never one for the frequency charts or graphs, but I can see now how useful these aspects will be for phase 2. There are SO many other avenues that can be explored in act 3, that I didnt know where to begin. Act 3 is where a lot of drama begins and because of that, Ive been super overwhelmed! On top of this feeling of being overwhelmed, my tool has been giving me more problems than ever! Like i mentioned before, until I sit down and find ways to solve my issues, I am kind of at a stand still.