Since my last post, where I blindly searched words that I thought resembled those most likely found in Shakespeareâ€™s comedies and tragedies, Iâ€™ve done some further investigation thanks to my lovely group members. They provided me some words that their programs deemed tragic or that they noticed in their past readings of Shakespeareâ€™s tragedies. This was exactly what I needed to help me investigate further because WordHoard requires you to know exactly what youâ€™re looking for.
I used Aprilâ€™s previous blog post to start off with. Monk generated her a list of words that were most often seen in tragedies and with her investigation of the word â€˜justifyâ€™ I had high hopes for the results I would get in return. My hopes began to dwindle around search number ten where I still had zero results in my lemma search and search number twenty-five crushed me, as I still had no results. I painstakingly built thirty-four searches in total to find lemmas that were associated with Aprilâ€™s results, they were all returned to me stating that there were zero results.
Lovely. How come with Monk it showed that it was super confident that the word â€˜justifyâ€™ appeared more in Hamlet than all of Shakespeareâ€™s other tragedies, but yet when I searched lemmas or just the simple spelling of it in WordHoard it yielded zero results? This caused me to bring up the entire Hamlet text on different sites on the Internet to just do a simple ctrl+f, or âŒ˜+f in my case, to look for the word â€˜justifyâ€™ but still no resultsâ€¦strange.
Next, I moved onto the comment that Dane had left me in my previous blog post about words that he though resembled the tone of a tragedy. Thank goodness some of his words garnered me results or may have gone mad just like Hamlet. I searched for twenty-three different lemmas from the words Dane had provided me; from those I got seven that had matches, 9 total appearance in act five.
Beast(n), duty(n), fall(n), fall(v), revenge(n), slay(v), and wretched(j) were the golden tickets I need to start making my conclusions.
All but one of them appear in 5.2, which leads me to assume that the first part of the act is more light, or comedic than the second scene which is dark and tragic (but I could assume this already since everyone dies in this sceneâ€¦.). But if I had not read Hamlet before and was simply going off WordHoardâ€™s answers to my queries thatâ€™s what I would assume.
This led me into thinking about how unique these words were to act five, turns out only fall(n) is unique. The other six words appear more frequently. These â€œtragicâ€ words appear seventeen times in act 4, fifteen times in acts one and two and nine times in act 3. So if I were not accounting for the amount of words and the actual context they were used in I would assume that act 4 was the most tragic, acts one and two were in the middle making it possibly a tragic comedy and acts three and five were the least tragic possibly even comedic. Strange isnâ€™t it?