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Commentary Of The Hitchhiker’s Guide To The Galaxy By Douglas Adams

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The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy

In The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy there is absurdity, and unpredictable events on every page. The character’s spend their time searching for reason, and meaning behind life. “There is a theory which states that if ever anybody discovers exactly what the Universe is for and why it is here, it will instantly disappear and be replaced by something even more bizarre and inexplicable. There is another theory which states that this has already happened." (Adams, 82) The universe is bizarre, and inexplicable in the extreme, and this novel is a prime example of life’s erratic events.

British writer Douglas Adams was born 1952 in Cambridge, England. ...view middle of the document...

Causing an uproar for environmental protection, and giving a voice to animals that most people had never heard of before. Adams passed at the young age of 49 years old on May 11, 2001.

Adam’s grew up during the Space Race, greatly influencing his writings. In 1957 Sputnik was launched; one of the greatest, and most televised feats of technology ever. The Heart of Gold launching in The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy was huge for the universe, every sentient being watched it’s launch. The manic President of the Galaxy Zaphod Beeblebrox stole The Heart of Gold. This occurrence mirrored the corruptiveness, and spontaneity of the world’s governments at the time.

In 1969 the great Space Race was over. During the novel each character is in search of meaning, and reason. The race for the “meaning of life… and everything!” (126 Adams) In 1972 the Watergate Scandal occurred, preceding Nixon’s resignation in 1974. These events directly correlate with the galactic mistrust in government. The President of the Galaxy is of course a manic criminal obsessed with the spotlight.

Literary Devices
Douglas Adams seems to have a deep affection for the use of literary devices. “The ships hung in the sky in much the same way that bricks don’t” (36 Adams)

THEMES
The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy is a novel riddled with absurdity in it’s confused search for reason, and purpose. Most of the causes of confusion come from the use Improbability Drive which causes the most unlikely events to occur. The Heart of Gold rescued Arthur and Ford while they were dying in space since it was so improbable that it would take place.

All the species in the Universe seem to be very familiar with each other. The people of Earth however seem to be the black sheep. For instance, when announcing Earth’s demolition the Vogon’s expressed, “What do you mean you've never been to Alpha Centauri? Oh for heaven sake mankind it's only four light years away you know! I'm sorry but if you can't be bothered to take an interest in local affairs that's your own regard.” (28 Adams)

The novel highlights absurd elements by inducting them with the struggle for reason, causing the extreme lack of reason to scream through the text.

Once Arthur discovers that there are other life forms his entire mindset is flipped, leaving him with only more questions. “All this explains a lot of things. All through my life I've had this strange unaccountable feeling that something was going on in the world, something big, even sinister, and no one would tell me what it was.” (41 Adams)

In the scheme of things Humans are ants in this universe, completely...

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