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Assignment 3: Dialogue, Silence, and Writing

When I first glanced at the word cloud, I saw that the most frequent words were pretty generic and weren't really surprising. This included words like "and", "you", "the", "my", "me", "to", "he", "of", "said", "a", "so". The frequency of "me" and "my" do show the importance of the first person (and Pamela's voice) in this novel, but that's already known because Pamela is, after all, a series of letters. The word "said" might be the most interesting out of this generic list, showing the frequency of dialogue (or references to dialogue). A great part of the letters consists of Pamela's account of the events that occurred and her interactions with other people. I decided to compare the occurrence of this word with the occurrence of the word silent (somewhat its opposite).

While "said" is used quite frequently in the novel, neither "silent" nor its variations seem to appear at all. I find this very interesting. It seems the narrator doesn't think silence important enough to mention. In a way, there is always something being said, even if there aren't any characters speaking at the moment. As Pamela writes, she is speaking to the reader--there is no silence anywhere.

I then decided to compare "said" to "write", as writing plays a significant role in the novel as well. The graph is included in the post.

Surprisingly, the word "write" and its variations did not appear very frequently in the novel, at least when compared to "said". More attention seems to be focused on the dialogue, but I thought writing would be important enough to appear more frequently.