Political and social environment in Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy
Bureaucracy is excessive multiplication and concentration of power in administrative departments. Vogons, the third worst poetry in the universe, are employed in Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy as ‘the galactic government's bureaucrats and despotic, because they posses and abuse their unlimited powers.’ As James Granila put it “… then they are mindlessly bureaucratic, aggressive and a high sex appeal that you would think it was a road accident.” In a non-elective government, where officials do as they please, Adams show the possible outcomes and repercussions such as conflicts, death, murder and torture emerging as a result of poor political governance. Democracy is crashed and autonomy never recognized. This is exemplified after evolution forces are disgusted with the Vogons and swear never to allow them to evolve again. Through bureaucratic maneuvers, they are able to govern the whole galaxy with an iron rod.
In Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, the torture machine called Total Perspective Vortex exposes destruction to everything in the universe at once. After Ford takes Arthur with him for a ride on a Vogon, they are captured by the Vogons, where Jeltz tortures them with the third worst poetry in the universe. Arthur Dent and his attempts to get used to the life outside of his recently blowed up home planet, creates a conflict between him and the rulers of the galaxy.
Religious issues also emerge with the key moment being at the party, where Dent first met the Trillian, with Trillian dressed as Charles Darwin and Dent dressed as David Livingstone. Trillian believes in evolution, seeking out adventures. Dent on the other hand, is the likeness of a colonial spirit. Ironically, Dent is unwilling to go to Africa after Trillian suggests they go to Madagascar. Veet Voojagig, former graduate student is also very concerned with the disappearance of the pens he bought over the years. In a chase to find the answers to these burning questions; why are we born? Why do we die? Why do we spend much time in wearing digital watches?
War- and murder –"He attacked everything in life with a mix of extraordinary genius and naive incompetence, and it was often difficult to tell which was which." The alien destroyers of Earth; Dent's recurring nemeses when they say, "Resistance is useless," out quickly. The cosmic construction team demolishes the planet to build a hyperspace bypass; Dent finds himself the only surviving man in a careless universe. The earth’s demolition signifies large loss of a number of people murdered ruthlessly by the Vogons. Hope is for any living is lost, and nothing else matters. "Life, don't talk to me about life," or don’t panic!"
They say, "If there's anything more important than my ego around, I want it caught and shot now." "…the poor Babel fish, by effectively removing all barriers to communication between different races and cultures, has caused more and bloodier wars than anything else in the history of creation."
The mice attempt to forcibly remove Dent’s brain but he resists them by pushing away their apparatus thus crushing and kills them. When the mice are about to cut Arthur's head open, as a result of klaxons being activated in the whole planet, an alternative route is created a where Arthur, Ford, Zaphod and Trillian are able to escape. The galactic police arrests Zaphod on attack by two officers who unluckily die when the life support systems in their spacesuits fail.
Lack of and disrespect for human rights - As for Arthur…all he wants is to go back home or to a home somewhere like it, a change of clothes and a decent cup of tea. Otherwise…as the Guide says…“Don’t panic!” The antagonist of the hitchhikers guide to the galaxy, Prostetnic Vogon Jeltz or the mice, all want to oppress the helpless. Marvin the Paranoid Android is a severely depressed robot. Along the way to find “the question,” they run into more Vogons, Humma, and Slartibartfast, a designer of planets. "All opinions are not equal. Some are a very great deal more robust, sophisticated and well supported in logic and argument than others."
Grant portrays heroism goes to the Vogon home world to rescue Trillian; they are confronted by the amount of red tape that they must forge through to rescue Trillian. Dent matures and blossom into a likable, heroic figure. Finally, Dent rises to the challenge, and manage to rescues Trillian and defeat the evil mice.
Autocracy- a political system governed by a single individual which leads to dictatorship- The Vogons don’t contrive to reassert humanity's value and meaning. This is evident when they cheerfully murder and destroys Dent’s home. “People of Earth, your attention… this is Prostetnic Vogon Jeltz of the Galactic Hyperspace Planning Council. …regrettably, your planet is one of those scheduled for demolition. The process will take slightly less than two of your Earth minutes." This creates conflicts, in the start of the story; there is demolition of the planet to create way for a galactic freeway. This set out an angry confrontation, this creates a revenge mission between Zaphod Beeblebrox, two-headed and three-armed President of the galaxy Ford’s “semi-cousin. Zaphod got the position of President so that he could steal the ship and defeat his former opponent Humma Kavula who is a religious cult leader.
Uncertainty and hopeless planet-The universe is so vast that nothing can make much impression on it, but the fools who haven't figured this out try to change things and make it easier to live in. Before they can comprehend, they are again back to step one. Absurdity is also witnessed as things happen randomly without any tangible cause, aim, objective or meaning." AllA you really need to know for the moment is that the universe is a lot more complicated than you might think, even if you start from a position of thinking it's pretty damn complicated in the first place."
Technology-The Vogon Captain in charge of the earth’s destruction and demolition, Prostetnic Vogon Jeltz is sadistic, by his standards because he enjoys cheering and shouting at and executing members of his own crew. He also misuses his powers to demolish all surrounding planets.
The Vogons could never lift a finger to save their own grandmothers from the Beast of Traal is there were no orders signed in triplicate, “sent in, sent back, queried, lost, found, subjected to public inquiry, lost again, and finally buried in soft peat for three months and recycled as firelighters.” The best way to demolish a Vogon is to put your finger down his throat. If you wanted to provoke it, well you should feed his grandmother to the Beast of Traal. Don’t panic, and never allow the Vogon to read poetry at you.Life- The computer is given the duty to calculate and get the answer to life’s problems; I could calculate your chance of survival, but you won't like it. The Answer to the Great Question…Of Life, the Universe and Everything…Is…Forty-two.