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to escape with an alien named Ford Perfect. The blowing up of the Earth represents a ...
on December 5, 2017
Give “Hitchhikers” a Read
*****THIS REVIEW CONTAINS MINOR SPOILERS THAT ARE RELATIVELY INSIGNIFICANT TO THE PLOT LINE***** The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy invites you to hop aboard the “Heart of Gold” (an interstellar spacecraft) and fly away from the protective bubble that is our Earth. It will take you across the galaxy spanning from Vogan Destroyer Ships to the ancient planet manufacturing world of ___. Technically the invitation aboard is more of a demand as the Earth ends in a fiery explosion towards the beginning of the book which forces one man, Arthur Dent, to escape with an alien named Ford Perfect. The blowing up of the Earth represents a common theme within the book, being that Earthlings are dumb and insignificant.
From beginning to end, the alien species consistently reference how stupid Earthlings are and how ignorant they are to the happenings about the galaxy. For instance, when the “Heart of Gold” landed on ___, the aliens ventured into the interior of the planet, leaving Arthur Dent to stand guard outside, protecting them from life that doesn’t exist on the planet and hasn’t for 5,000,000 years. “Er, hey Earthman . . . ” ”Arthur,” said Arthur. ”Yeah could you just sort of keep this robot with you and guard this end of the passageway. Okay?” ”Guard?” said Arthur. ”What from? You just said there’s no one here.” ”Yeah, well, just for safety, Okay?” said Zaphod.” (Hitchhikers 95)
This exchange pretty much sums up what aliens think of Earth people. Good for nothings.