Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy - Report Essay

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The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy
Book Report


The Hitchiker’s Guide to the Galaxy was written by Douglas Adams and published in the year 1979. It is both a science fiction novel and a comedic read. Adams wrote this novel in a time when space exploration was on every human’s mind. The Americans had recently landed on the moon and the sky had no limit. No one knew how far humans could go or what else was out there. Adams wrote this book to allow humans to see the possibilities that lie in space and give them an entertaining read that would apply to everyone. The protagonist is a human named Arthur Dent. He is saved from Earth’s demolition by his friend, Ford Prefect, and they travel across the galaxy together.
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Journals – Part 2
Journal #1
Character Development The protagonist of Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy is an Earthman named Arthur Dent. Arthur doesn’t always seem like the proper candidate for the major role in the novel. Throughout the book, Arthur goes through some pretty drastic changes and in doing this, must change his daily ways to adapt to his new life. After his initial struggles, Arthur develops into a strong, confident astronaut who can think on his feet and survive in a demanding environment.
Arthur is a single, English man who lives by the ruts he has made for himself by years of a constant routine. The story opens up with Arthur being awakened by a construction crew trying to demolish his house for a bypass (p. 6). This is obviously out of routine and he instantly is infuriated. He runs outside to reason with the men, but his close friend, Ford Prefect, swoops in and transports him onto an alien spaceship moments before his home planet is obliterated. The aliens (called Vogons) then throw the men into open space and moments before they die of asphyxiation, they are picked up by another ship traveling to a dead planet (p. 75)
This sequence is the first time Adams depicts Arthur Dent’s personality, mannerisms, and ability to adapt to change. He starts off on Earth, where readers can see that he is a normal Englishman living like any other man would live. Arthur is not special. Readers see that his

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