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Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy Essay

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The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy
Books with the utmost captivatingly complex characters, relatable themes and plots that keep us guessing in the unpredictable aura are those which reflect great capability. This idea is explored in ‘The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy’, a science-fiction novel written by Douglas Adams. A story regarding Arthur Dent and his friends, Ford Prefect, Trillian McMillan and Zaphod Beeblebrox travelling the universe to discover and explore Life, the Universe and Everything. Ranking 1st on the New York Times Best Seller List in 1979, and on BBC's "Big Read", an attempt to find the "Nation's Best-loved book", ranked 24th. This novel engaged readers through themes such as Absurdity, Intriguing characters such as Arthur Dent, and exciting and unpredictable events such as the discovery of
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The beginning of the settling of the novels climax. The fact that, Magrathea, the legendary planet, rumoured to contain copious amounts of the universe’s mysteries has just been discovered it really does reflect an unpredictable plot.
An excerpt from the discovery of Magrathea.
Ford: I’m sorry, I just don’t believe a word of it.
Zaphod: Listen to me Ford, I’ve found it. I swear I’ve found it.
Ford: Magrathea is a myth! A fairy story! It’s what parents tell their kids at night if they want them to grow up to be economists. And -
Zaphod: …and we are currently in orbit around it.
Ford: Zaphod, I can’t help what you may personally be in orbit around, but this ship –
In this scene they reflect how extraordinarily improbable that this turn of events was, using the technique of using a shocked character in dialogue. This technique displays a plot that is keeping the characters guessing but furthermore the audience. Judging that a plot is the reason that a majority of people read a book there is no doubt that this plot of unpredictability displays that plots that keep us guessing as necessary for the creation of a popular
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