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The book The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy parodies the government by making fun of bureaucracy. The decision to make Earth a “super highway” just echoed with clumsy government intrusion.
Adam’s uses satire throughout the novel to mock the absurdity of what we consider to be important in life. He uses satire on almost everything from government, to religion, and money. In the very beginning it talks about how the Earth’s obsession with trying to gain happiness using money. With reference to page one it states how humans are completely obsessed over,”…the movements of small green pieces of paper, which is odd because on the whole it wasn’t the small green pieces of paper that were unhappy.” Adams is specifically talking about Earth and how money only leads to unhappiness. He even goes further to say that,”…even the people with money are still not satisfied with what they have, nor do they ever think they have enough of the little green papers.” Adams is correct in his satirical jabs on people’s obsession with getting more money since this is just creating more unhappiness. I believe he even says later in the book that people should worry less about money and put their attention towards the greater things in life.
I think that writing a science fiction novel is an excellent way of to get satirical messages across. Using the genre of science fiction also means that more will read it, especially since this was released to the public right around the same time period as the famous Space Race. This mean almost anything themed with space and the galaxy had peaked the interest for potential readers of the book all over the United States.
Find another topic satirized in the book that has not been discussed yet. This could be a modern day behavior, belief, or group of people that he pokes fun at. Give examples (direct quotes and citations) and prove how he satirizes, explaining whether or not you think his mockery is effective in communicating his thought on that subject. Adams uses satire to poke fun at the president of the galaxy, Zaphod Beeblebrox. Beeblebrox is portrayed as being an imbecile who has no idea what is going on most of the time, much less how he became president.
After viewing the trailer for the movie based on the book, I have found that even the trailer features satirical qualities. The aspects of movie trailer that are parodied are the number 42, a towel, and the tooth fairy’s address. The creator utilizes satire by means of humorous narrations and making jokes on social problems and morality. The narrator’s tone of voice is comedic and enjoyable, it makes the reader feel as if they are having a conversation with the characters. It does such a good job with this because even when Arthur loses his planet, his family, and his house it makes it seem comedic. It would be natural for Arthur to freak out but he even threw a couple jokes saying that he knew New York was no good anyway. The visual effects he uses to make the characters and events so real and connect to the reader are truly incredible. The commentary, and the sound effects all add to the satire.
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