Arthur Dent

Arthur Dent

    The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy
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Character Analysis

(Avoiding Spoilers)

Living… in a West Country village in an old, squat house surrounded by loads of farmland. He lived in London for a short while, but cities make Arthur feel anxious and annoyed. Unfortunately, his farmhouse is about to cause him plenty of anguish as well, as the town seems intent on demolishing it to make way for a bypass.

Visiting… space. Actually, it’s not really a visit, seeing as his home planet has been destroyed by the Vogons, and Arthur doesn’t have anywhere else to go. As he understands it, “I seem to be having tremendous difficulty with my lifestyle. As soon as I reach some definite policy about what is my kind of music and my kind of restaurant and my kind of overdraft, people start blowing up my kind of planet and throwing me out of their kind of spaceships!” Poor Mr. Dent.

Profession… working at a local radio. Arthur is constantly reminding others that it is a lot more interesting than they probably think. Hey, at least it’s better than working in advertising, like most of his friends.

Interests… drinking tea and having a perfectly ordinary, space-free lifestyle. Unfortunately, he does not get to indulge in either, seeing as the Nutrimatic Drinks Dispenser on the Heart of Gold keeps delivering cups of liquid that are “almost, but not quite, entirely unlike tea.”

Relationship Status… single. But he did once attempt to hook up with a beautiful and brilliant astrophysicist named Tricia McMillan at a party in Islington. Unfortunately, she left with another guy.

Challenge… adjusting to life after everything he knows has been destroyed. Earth is no more, and Arthur is not taking it well. He just wants to go back to the way things were pre-Vogon attack. Alas, it is not to be, and Arthur is stuck on the Heart of Gold, whizzing through the infinite mysteries of space.

Personality… incredibly ordinary and perpetually confused. Arthur is not a hero or an adventurer. He’s just a normal guy who somehow wound up in space. And he never has any idea what is going on, much to the chagrin of his traveling companions who are sick of having to explain the nuts and bolts of interstellar travel. But hey, what do you expect? Arthur has just lost his entire planet. Give the man some time to adjust!


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