Joy, trust, and anticipation are the most common emotions in the five most popular novels by Jane Austen.
Data visualizations are one of the most involving ways to explore literature. Here is a new – and brilliant – visual shared on Twitter by data analyst, photographer, and visual artist @FilmicAestetic.
The infographic compares emotions in five most famous novels by Jane Austen: Sense & Sensibility, Emma, Northanger Abbey, Mansfield Park, and, obviously, Pride & Prejudice.
The designer has used NRC Emotion Lexicon to collect and process emotions. The lexicon is a list of English words with eight basic emotions and two sentiments. It has been developed and is maintained by Dr. Saif M. Mohammad at the National Research Council, Canada.
As you will see below, joy, trust, and anticipation are the dominating emotions in all the analyzed novels. Fear is visibly higher in Northanger Abbey, which shares a relatively high level of sadness with Sense & Sensibility. There is almost no disgust.
If you want to go deeper into emotions in literature, make sure to explore our infographic Love DNA of famous classic novels, which, among many other things, collects data about the use of words “love” and “kiss.”
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Nineteen years before she decided to die, Nora Seed sat in the warmth of the small library at Hazeldene School in the town of Bedford. She sat at a low table staring at a chess board.
‘Nora dear, it’s natural to worry about your future,’ said the librarian, Mrs Elm, her eyes twinkling.
Mrs Elm made her first move. A knight hopping over the neat row of white pawns. ‘Of course, you’re going to be worried about the exams. But you could be anything you want to be, Nora. Think of all that possibility. It’s exciting.’
‘Yes. I suppose it is.’
‘A whole life in front of you.’
‘A whole life.’
‘You could do anything, live anywhere. Somewhere a bit less cold and wet.’
Nora pushed a pawn forward two spaces.
It was hard not to compare Mrs Elm to her mother, who treated Nora like a mistake in need of correction. For instance, when she was a baby her mother had been so worried Nora’s left ear stuck out more than her right that she’d used sticky tape to address the situation, then disguised it beneath a woollen bonnet.
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