Charlie Bartlett12/13/172cd hour EnglishIn The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adam is about Arthur Dent and Ford Prefect who journey the universe after the Earth is destroyed and find many answers about the purpose of life. I believe that Douglas is making fun of purpose/meaning of life in The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy because of Deep Thought, the need for the ultimate question to be answered, and the answer of the ultimate question. Firstly in The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy Douglas Adams focuses his satire on the purpose of life.
You can see how through Deep Thought who is a computer that is built to answer the ultimate question of life. In that scene, it shows two programmers Lunkwill and Fook who built the supercomputer Deep Thought with one purpose in mind what is the purpose of life (page 115). The reason Adams states this is he is making fun of people who look to a god for the purpose of life just like how the Magratheans built a supercomputer just to answer this one question. In addition to Deep Thought Douglas Adams also makes fun of the purpose of life with the answer to the ultimate question itself. In The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy Adams uses the scene where Phouchg and Loonqual come to receive the answer from Deep thought.
Then they figure out that the answer to the purpose of life is 42 (page 119-120) The reason Adams includes this is to exaggerate the answer to the ultimate question of life. Just like people who focus their life trying to solve this problem even though there is no defined answer like “42”.Equally important as Deep Thought and the answer of forty-two Douglas Adams uses satire again to make fun of the purpose of life. In The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy Douglas Adams states “All I wanted to say,” bellowed the computer, “is that my circuits are now irrevocably committed to calculating the answer to the Ultimate Question of Life, the Universe, and Everything –” he paused and satisfied himself that he now had everyone’s attention, before continuing more quietly, “but the programme will take me a little while to run.” Fook glanced impatiently at his watch. “How long?” he said.
“Seven and a half million years” said Deep Thought (page 115). The reason Douglas Adams included this was to make fun of people’s need for a purpose of life because he exaggerated some outrageous wait time like seven and a half million years to showcase the lengths people will go to to get the purpose of life answered.Douglas Adams got the idea for The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy while he was drunk. After The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy Douglas Adams wrote the rest of the series for The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy and he even wrote for Doctor Who. After Douglas Adams died his legacy didn’t when his fans created towel day in recognition of The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy. In The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy Douglas Adams is making fun of the purpose of life because of Deep Thought, the need for the ultimate question to be answered, and the answer of the ultimate question.
Works cited The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Douglas_Adamshttps://www.britannica.com/biography/Douglas-Adamshttps://www.csmonitor.com/Technology/2013/0311/42-facts-about-Douglas-Adams