When first using Voyant, I thought that it had an interesting and unique way in analyzing a variety of texts that helps readers understand more about specific readings. In trying to get used to this new software, I selected one of the downloads from Tuesday’s class, which was a sermon about Abraham Lincoln’s death by Warren Hathaway, to experiment with on Voyant. Before I started using this document, I assumed that it would mainly be about the life and time of Abraham Lincoln. In order to figure out the concept of the text, I decided to look up key words like “nation,” “god,” and “death” that would relate to Abraham Lincoln and his life.
As seen from the chart above, the word, “nation,” (blue line) had the most frequencies with “god” (green line) coming in at second place. It seemed like “death” (pink line) was not as common as the previous two, even though the main idea of this document was about Lincoln’s death, it did not mean that it was going to talk about it the whole time. In the reading, it referred to Lincoln as an inspiring leader who was taken away so soon and how they will never forget the grateful deeds that he has done for the country.
In conclusion, Voyant has been helpful in interpreting texts that are unfamiliar to the reader. If someone ever gets confused about a specific reading, they can use this digital network to assist them in understanding its context.