Scandal in Bohemia wordcloud

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I used the Sherlock Holmes story “A Scandal in Bohemia” and the visualization tool Wordle to create a wordcloud based on the story. What I noticed about my particular wordcloud is that it has a sort of circular pattern to it, as apposed to the normal seemingly “random” assortment of words. The smaller words are on the outer rim of the circle, and the words get larger and more condensed towards the center. Unlike my classmates, I did not remove the word “Holmes” from my wordcloud, because if someone unfamiliar with this assignment would glance at the wordcloud, seeing the word Holmes would give them a sense of what text the wordcloud was showcasing. I also noted the difference in sizes between “Holmes” and “Sherlock”. While Holmes is seen almost instantly, you might have to do a bit of searching to find Sherlock. I find that interesting due to in today’s standards, especially in stories, characters and people are often addressed  by their first name. The Sherlock Holmes stories, as we know, are presented by Watson, not Sherlock. But it is odd that even Watson, the person arguably the closeted to him, calls him by his last name instead of by his first.

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