Google Ngram!

For my Google Ngram graph, I searched popular characters in Victorian -Era novels. I used Jane Eyre (Jane Eyre) , Sherlock Holmes (The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes) , and Pip (Great Expectations). When I searched these characters on Google Ngram Viewer between the years of 1800- 1900, these are the results I got:

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These are not bad results, however, since Sherlock Holmes was not written into existence until 1887, the results are not as good as they could be. To solve this problem, I changed the years to 1800-2000. This graph was more pleasing, as it gave me more results and a broader idea of the popularity of these characters. This is the graph I got when I changed the years to 1800- 2000:

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This graph shows that, for the most part, Pip is more popular than both Jane Eyre and Sherlock Holmes. Jane Eyre is more popular between the years of 1850 and 1863 and for a brief time between the years of 1887 and 1892. Jane Eyre peaked in popularity on this graph in 1857. This is before Sherlock Holmes was written and one of the two times in which this character was more popular than Pip. Sherlock Holmes was more popular than Pip only once, between the years of 1927 and 1938. Sherlock Holmes peaked in popularity 1933. At this point in time, Sherlock Holmes was more popular than both Jane Eyre and Pip.  Pip has great spikes in popularity a few times on this graph. One example of these spikes is from 1911 to 1921. The next spike is in 1987. This year is the peak of Pip’s popularity on this graph. Overall, between the years of 1880 and 2000 Pip was more popular than both Jane Eyre and Sherlock Holmes.

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