Ford Beeblebrox Comparison

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The Hitchhiker’s Guide To The Galaxy is about a man named Arthur Dent, who has had many misfortunes. His house was bulldozed to build a bypass, he’s had no success with women, and his home planet known as Earth has been destroyed with him being the only (presumed) survivor from Earth. His friend, Ford Prefect, saved him, and was revealed to be an alien who has been stranded on Earth for 15 years. By an incredible probability rate they were picked up by a spaceship, and than promptly launched into space, after being forced to listen to awful poetry as torture. By another incredibly unlikely probability, they were picked up by another spaceship, which also held Ford Prefect’s semi-half cousin, Zaphod Beeblebrox. There adventures go on from there over a course of five books. The characters I will be analyzing are Ford Prefect and Zaphod Beeblebrox. I chose these two because, well they’re related, and they also seemed to have the most depth to them (at least …show more content…

Ford Prefect is the friend of Arthur Dent, and a researcher for The Hitchhiker’s Guide To The Galaxy. Although humanoid in appearance, he is actually from a very far away planet known as Betelgeuse Five. Ford is shown to be a ‘live and let go’ type, living in the present and nothing else. He is shown to have a somewhat morbid sense of humor. “‘So this is it… we’re going to die’ ‘Yes...except...no! Wait a minute!’ What’s This switch? ‘What? Where? ‘No, I was only fooling’ said Ford. (p.62). He is also shown to be calm in the the most dire of situations. For example, when Arthur asks what will happen to him, Ford responds without the slightest bit of fear. ”’Well the hatchway in front of us will open automatically in a few moments and we will shoot out into deep space I expect and asphyxiate.’” (p.61). This also shows that he is a joyful nihilist, believing that life is meaningless. The ‘joyful’ part comes from him constantly having his head smashed by

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