After utilizing Stephen Ramsay’s methodology of “screwing around”, which is something that I do most of the time when searching the internet, or utilizing internet tools, I discovered that Voyant can be exceptionally useful in analyzing text. I feel as though through Ramsay’s “screwing around” method, I was able to fully grasp this analytical tool, and fully understand how useful it can be. The screenshot that I posted above was the screen when I typed “Watson” into the Voyant search bar. This tool is very effective, and the graph in the upper right hand corner even goes as far as to track how often the particular word is used in the paper, chapter by chapter. I feel as though the graph is the most interesting and useful aspect of this analytical tool. It shows how often the name “Watson” appears in the text, and below the graph shows in which sentences he is mentioned. I also really enjoyed utilizing the “unique words” tab. There is no surprise that “the”, “and”, “of”, and “was” were words that were often used in this text, or any text for that matter. However, Voyant’s ability to differentiate between regular words and unique words, and its ability to show you those unique words, is exceptionally helpful to the reader. A good example of a need for this tool would be the character analysis of Septimus Smith that my group did a few weeks ago. Had we known about this tool (and if Mrs. Dalloway was already programmed into Voyant) then our search for Septimus Smith in the book would have been considerably easier. This tool gives the user every instance in which a certain word is used in the text. With a few simple clicks my group would have been able to see every sentence in which Septimus Smith is used, and in which chapters he is shows up most often. This tool is immensely useful.
Septimus Smith is a complex character who is not easily understood. He went to war in order to defend his country, in an attempt to exert his masculine, protective traits, but he came up short. During the duration of the book, Septimus seems to be on an emotional rollercoaster. He moves around from being contentedly happy with his circumstances, then goes on to feel anxious and fearful. Septimus Smith was introduced into the novel on page 14. Woolf writes, ” Septimus Warren Smith, aged about thirty, pale-faced, beak- nosed, wearing brown shoes and a shabby overcoat, with hazel eyes which had that look of apprehension in them which makes strangers apprehensive too.” On page 15, Spetimus first says “I will kill myself” in a crowd that had gathered from the noise of the motorcar, and seemingly no one noticed, but that was the first hint that Septimus was on the aforementioned emotional rollercoaster. Smith’s wife says that she had a “right to his arm, though it was without feeling.” This elaborates upon Septimus’ lack of connection to those around him, and his emotionally distant persona. The was had changed Septimus, which is apparent on page 22. Woolf writes that Rezia, who was attemping to get Septimus’ attention, thought ot herself “And it was cowardly for a man to say he would kill himself, but Septimus had fought; he was brave; he was not Septimus now.” Through this excerpt the reader realizes that Septimus is a changed man from before the war. Rezia believes him to be brave, and a changed man from the war. Throughout the book, the reader realizes that Septimus insists on having no one have power over him. He is an independent being. Rezia realizes, early on in the book, that Septimus is happy without her. He does not rely on her for happiness, and thus is independent in that aspect. He is also independent in that he does not allow Bradshaw to use him for experimentation, he does not allow anyone to have power over him. Septimus is also unable to feel. This is elaborated upon by Rezia’s claim that his arm had no feeling. Septimus is scared by his lack of feeling, but that may be an overstatement, because he never faces it, and never gives it enough thought to truly attempt to feel again. The first time that Rezia ever understands her husband is when he commits suicide. She understands why he did it, and she had witnessed the turmoil that he lived in. Septimus also refuses to give up his soul. His last words, “I’ll give it to you,” show Holmes that Septimus is going to give his body to the doctor, but he leaps out to preserve his body, and to preserve his privacy.
After signing up for this course to fulfill a major requirement, I went ahead and began researching the course. I had no idea what digital humanities were, and a quick search on wikipedia further confused me, proving my lack of knowledgeon the subject. Based on our discussions and resources in class, after this past week I can definitely confidently say that I am beginning to fully grasp the concept that encompasses this course. The name “Digital Humanities” is a vague definition, and holds many different applications. The topic seems almost too broad, and lacks a specific, clear- cut definition. The humanities are, or course, subjects dealing with the arts. I remember this from middle school because each quarter we had two humanities to chose from a list of fifteen or so, included band, orchestra, art, theatre, etc. Humanities also includes history, philosophy, literature, and language. It is the “digital” part that added the most confusion for me. After our class readings and resources, It is apparent that the “digital” simply means that we’re taking the medium, whether it be language, history, art, music, philosophy, or literature, and we are transferring the medium into a digital form in order to see it in a new light, and possibly discover something new about the medium. Now this is an incredibly broad definition that I hope to be able to make more concise by the time that this class ends. The possibilities for this topic are endless. Taking humanities and putting them into a digital format is becoming more and more relevant in this technologically advanced age. With such a relevant use and purpose, the digital humanities have incredible potential to expand. This class is going to be very relevant to my major and to today’s technologically advanced society.
My name is George Dame Peagler IV, and I am a second year here at Georgia Tech. I transferred here from GCSU, and I am truly blessed to be attending such a prestigious school. I played rugby for Georgia Tech last semester, and am currently a Computational Media major. I am pledging KA this semester, and I am truly blessed to be there as well. Family is of the utmost importance to me, and I am truly blessed to have such a wonderful mother, father, brother, and sister. I am from Alpharetta, Georgia, and have lived in Georgia all my life. In my spare time I hunt, fish, and play basketball.