Douglas Adams – Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy (1979)
Blog posts and presentations due: Thursday, November 9
- Group 5: Are there any meanings in the characters’ actions and words, which seem just random and absurd?
- Group 6: Are there moral lessons that the author intends to teach to readers? What are they?
Write a post here of about 200 words discussing one of these questions; or make your post a reply to someone else’s post.
Your presentation must present an opinion or argument; it cannot just summarize the story. You must e-mail or speak to me before your presentation to have it approved.
- The book is silly, but are there any values that are taken seriously in it? What are they?
- There are few actual family or life-long relationships in the novel. What does the book say about family, or friendship?
- There is no racism or real discrimination against different species or life-forms in the novel. Why do you think this is so?
- Is it possible that the major events in the story aren’t random, but are somehow planned by the ship’s supercomputer? What do you think?
- Arthur Dent is a fairly normal, dull person in comparison to the strange people around him. Is this true? If so, why would the author write him this way?
- At several times Trillian feels sorry for Arthur and defends him or protects him. Why do you think she does this?
- What joke do you think the novel makes about governments, or the way organizations are run?
- There are hints in the book that Slartibartfast helps Arthur and the others to escape the mice and the police. Do you agree? Why might Slartibartfast do this?
- Does the book mean anything, or is it just fun? What messages does it try to teach?
- Choose another topic or theme in the book you feel is important. Why is it important?