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Where I found this analysis especially interesting was in comparing the different texts in our corpus. While I knew from the start that these were
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Where I found this analysis especially interesting was in comparing the different texts in our corpus. While I knew from the start that these were all different works, subject to different results under analysis, I was still shocked to see how different they were. One this that stood out immediately to me was the prevalence of the word "said" in Pamela. While the word was used frequently in all works, it was used about three times more in Pamela than in any other. After further investigation words like "says" appear to be replacing it in other texts, especially in Shamela. In Shamela the use of "says" over said appears to be to make the protagonist appear less educated, like in the constructions "says she" vs "she said".
I also found interesting the frequency at which the main character's name was mentioned. In Pamela the word "Pamela" appears in the top 25, but is beaten by "Master". On the other hand, in Anti-Pamela, the main charater's name (Syrena) is the most used word in the entire text, without a single other character name in the top 25. This could be indicative of a difference in writing style or a difference in tone. In Pamela, the work primarily focuses on her own perception of her master, fixating on him. In Anti-Pamela, the text may spend more time focusing on its main character and less on the master. It is difficult to tell without reading the text whether this is true, but it points to a possible difference in character focus between the texts.