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Think of a Number, Any Number
Halmstad University.
(English)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (One Year))Student thesis
Abstract [en]

Anyone who has read Douglas Adams’ novel cycle, The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the

Galaxy, will probably agree that it is saturated with irony, but few people would

manage to define how or why. Irony can be used as an indirect but clear communicative strategy, by which the true meaning of a text is eventually eradicated. There are many different types of irony, and all types can be used for miscommunication. In this essay I have tried to establish what Adams' text is telling the reader and I have found that it is not simply a science fiction story about the humorous travels of Arthur Dent. In fact, what the text is not telling

the reader is at least as interesting. Adams' text is a multi-layered ironic

miscommunication, telling the reader that there is no truth or meaning in existence.

Keywords [en]
Irony, Miscommunication, The Hitch Hiker's Guide to the Galaxy
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hh:diva-1032Local ID: 2082/1393OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hh-1032DiVA, id: diva2:238250
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Humanities, Theology
Available from: 2007-11-09 Created: 2007-11-09 Last updated: 2007-11-09

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