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Shakespearean tragedies visualized through character interactions
Take a look at the visual summaries of the eleven most famous tragedies by William Shakespeare.
Are the Shakespearean characters isolated or closely connected? Do the tragedies written by the world’s most famous playwright have the similar structure and density?
You’ll find the answers in a series of amazing network graphs created by a Lausanne-based data research analyst and designer, Martin Grandjean.
Eleven tragedies are analyzed, including Romeo and Juliet, Julius Caesar, Macbeth, and King Lear. Each chart presents all characters from a specific tragedy. Each character is represented as a circle. The more important the character the bigger the circle.
The lines connect characters to other characters with whom they interact in the same scene. Another dimension that Martin Grandjean is using is network density. It measures how close the graph is to complete.
Hamlet is the longest tragedy but its character map is much simpler and less dense than, for instance, Anthony and Cleopatra. But its network density is twice as big – 39% versus 17%.
When you analyze the graphs, you’ll see that in some tragedies characters belong to clear groups. It’s obvious with Romeo and Juliet, where we have Montague and Capulet families.
Click or tap on the visual below to see it in full resolution. Visit the original post on Martin Grandjean’s website to read more details and get the visual as a high-resolution poster, 5460 × 4000 px.
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The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes
by Suzanne Collins
Part 1: The Mentor
Coriolanus released the fistful of cabbage into the pot of boiling water and swore that one day it would never pass his lips again. But this was not that day. He needed to eat a large bowl of the anemic stuff, and drink every drop of broth, to prevent his stomach from growling during the reaping ceremony. It was one of a long list of precautions he took to mask the fact that his family, despite residing in the penthouse of the Capitol’s most opulent apartment building, was as poor as district scum. That at eighteen, the heir to the once-great house of Snow had nothing to live on but his wits.
His shirt for the reaping was worrying him. He had an acceptable pair of dark dress pants bought on the black market last year, but the shirt was what people looked at. Fortunately, the Academy provided the uniforms it required for daily use. For today’s ceremony, however, students were instructed to be dressed fashionably but with the solemnity the occasion dictated. Tigris had said to trust her, and he did. Only his cousin’s cleverness with a needle had saved him so far. Still, he couldn’t expect miracles.
The shirt they’d dug from the back of the wardrobe—his father’s, from better days—was stained and yellowed with age, half the buttons missing, a cigarette burn on one cuff. Too damaged to sell in even the worst of times, and this was to be his reaping shirt? This morning he had gone to her room at daybreak, only to find both his cousin and the shirt missing. Not a good sign. Had Tigris given up on the old thing and braved the black market in some last-ditch effort to find him proper clothing? And what on earth would she possess worth trading for it? Only one thing—herself—and the house of Snow had not yet fallen that far. Or was it falling now as he salted the cabbage?
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