Douglas Adams – Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy (1979) [Only the first book in the series]
Blog posts and presentations due: Monday, November 11
- Group 6: The meaning(s) of “42.”
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?
- Why 42? Why doesn’t the supercomputer know how to explain what 42 means? Why is this important?
- 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?
- Choose another topic or theme in the book you feel is important.