Literary Criticism

This site contains my work during the course of English 300 at Montana State University-Bozeman in the Autumn of 2004.


I am a senior at Montana State University working for a degree in history with a teaching option and also a minor in English. Currently I am working with the students at Bridger Alternative here in town and I am loving every minute of it. I can't wait to get out into the field and teach.

Monday, September 13, 2004

The Special Text that would Accompany Me to a Desert Island

The text I'd bring would be The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams. Not only does this book discuss travel to unusual places in general but it also has a sarcastic sense of humor that always keeps me entertained, no matter how many times I read it. The introduction alone cracks me up as it discusses point blank the problem with earth today. It reads as follows:
"Far out in the uncharted backwaters of the unfashionable end of the Western Spiral arm of the Galaxy lies a small unregarded yellow sun.
Orbiting this at a distance of roughly ninety-eight million miles is an utterly insignificant little blue-green planet whose ape-descended life forms are so amazingly primitive that they still think digital watches are a pretty neat idea.
This planet has-or rather had-a problem, which was this: most of the people living on it were unhappy for pretty much of the time. Many solutions were suggested for this problem, but most of these were largely concerned with the movements of small green pieces of paper, which is odd because on the whole it wasn't the small green pieces of paper that were unhappy.
And so the problem remained; lots of the people were mean, and most of them were miserable, even the ones with digital watches.
Many were increasingly of the opinion that they'd all made a big mistake in coming down from the trees in the first place. And some said that even the trees had been a bad move, and that no one should ever have left the oceans...."
The text continues with such witty and furtive comments that I am usually unable to put the book down. It discusses with humor the causes of the human condition and what the galaxy might possibly be like out there using the characters Arthur Dent from earth and Ford Prefect from around Betelgeuse. Incredibly funny book, I'd highly recommend it for anyone looking for a light-hearted book to read.


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