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Lindsay Blackie - Social Network Analysis

Page history last edited by Lindsay Blackie 5 years, 2 months ago

I decided to examine Chapter 7 of Tamora Pierce's book First Test, the first book in the Protector of the Small Quartet. 

 

The nodes I use are:

1, Keladry, Page

2, Neal, Page

3, Cleon, Page

4, Wyldon, Knight

5, Roald, Page

6, Merric, Page

7, Joren, Page

8, Zahir, Page

9, Vinson, Page

10, Servant, Servant

11, Baird, Knight

 

The Edges are

1,2

1,3

1,4

1,5

2,5

6,7

6,8

6,9

1,6

1,7

1,8

1,9

7,8

7,9

8,9

4,9

4,8

4,7

1,10

4,10

1,11

2,11

 

This means that the final web looked like this: (Note, I combined the knight and servant node designation into one category of adult as there are too few other servants in this chapter for that separate designation to be meaningful)

Keladry is the main character of the novel, so it isn't surprising that she is the one who connects all the other groups together. If you remove her from this, this chapter splits neatly into two groups, with only Cleon unattached to anyone. But on the one side you have the Neal, Roald, and Baird group, which is made up of her allies and friends, the people who want her to succeed. Cleon is a neutral party in relation to Kel's quest to become a knight so it is interesting he is unattached. The second group is made up of the antagonists (and Merric as victim, although that is harder to designate from here). 

 

I didn't draw a line connecting Wyldon and Baird as they do not directly interact, but Kel's meeting with Baird, a healer, comes at the orders of Wyldon, her training master, so in a way all the adults are connected. But it is clear from this diagram, that the chapter I was looking at is really the adventures of children who have mild interactions with adults that shape the outcome. 

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