Satirical Elements

Topics: The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, Zaphod Beeblebrox, Arthur Dent Pages: 4 (1344 words) Published: January 29, 2011
Satirical Elements of Hitchhiker’s Guide to The Galaxy

Ever find yourself wanting something, saving up money to get it and then still feel like your life is insignificant? Have you ever stopped and thought about how governments never take the people into consideration, only what’s best for the society as a whole? Or possibly find yourself thinking about why you voted for a president that tells you one thing to get votes and does the complete opposite when elected? In the exciting science fiction book The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by, Douglas Adams, you encounter many humorous situations in his writings. Adams uses many satirical elements in his book; while funny there could be some hidden messages behind the humor. I will be showing some of Adams satirical elements and trying to figure out some of the meanings behind them. The first satirical element I will be discussing is how Adams portrays money and people’s emotions. The second satire is about how big corporations and governments could care less about the individual but focuses on the bigger pictures regardless of the individual’s feelings. The third and final satire is about the president of the entire galaxy, and how he holds absolutely no power what so ever. In the book you meet a very normal man who lives a very normal life. The man’s name is Arthur Dent. But what sets Arthur apart from others is some of his very unusual friends. The first of his very unique friends is Ford Prefect, an alien trapped on earth having to live on earth while writing his book the hitchhikers guide to the galaxy. The second is Zaphod Beeblebrox the president of the galaxy, and Arthur’s foe. Zaphod became Arthur’s foe by stealing a girl he was very into at a party one night on earth. However foe became friend when Zaphod rescued Arthur and Ford from the vacuums of space just before the world was destroyed. The third companion is Trillian the girl that Zaphod stole from Arthur at the party in London. The fourth and...
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