So this chapter starts with a more personal introduction to Vogon Jeltz and the Vogons overall. When I read about them I get a felling of recognition. It’s seems to me like Douglas Adams was hinting on problems with humanity. In the book he talks about the Vogons as a people who without any ecological thinking at all. A group of aliens who abuse the resources they have at hand until they can leave the planet an move to another.
The similarity goes on as they are described as rather bureaucratic and the foundation of the political system. Now we humans haven’t learnt to travel around the universe jet but I do see some kind of link here as well of how humanity dictates earth like it owned the place (which we kinda do as well…). Whiles I’d say that the most memorable thing of the first four chapters are how unimportant humanity is I’d say that the most memorable thing out of chapter five is how inhuman humans can be (at least that’s what I believe Mr.Adams is hinting at).
Chapter five continues with a bit more talk about the Vogons and how they like to get angry but for me this is mostly just entertainment. There are some things you could dive deep into and analyse but I think the next really interesting thing the book gives us is the Babel fish. A fish which feeds on brain wave energy and translates it to understandable sound that anyone can understand. This makes it possible to understand all language talked in the universe.
I find this idea very interesting and fascinating idea. Though the book also says that the Bable fish has lead to more and bloodier wars than any other creature in existence. Something which might very well be a possible outcome of endless understanding of all languages, but in my head I can’t really understand this to 100%. If everyone understands everyone wouldn’t you realise that saying some things could start a war? Then again it is a fictional book so you can’t over analyse it to much.
The book also continues with the hole earth is pointless thing by literally describing earth as that in the encyclopedia “Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy.” I like this continues teasing about how small and unimportant we are. Even with our atomic bombs and everything in big scream of things we aren’t that powerful neither important. You could blow up earth and Pluto would still circulate the sun and the book makes this a bit too clear. It takes it from being a kind of catastrophe and makes it nearly a bit funny. It’s hard to explain, but the calm atmosphere in the book kind of drives this point a bit further.
Now when it comes to poetry the book makes it very clear that some characters haven’t got the same lovable intention with poetry that maybe we more normally see in society. A good example is Vogon Jeltz the commander of the ship which uses his bad poetry as a torturing technique. I really like the humorous part of what Adams have written here cause most of us have heard or read bad poesy at one point and just shaken our heads and sometime it can be really painful to hear a bad song or read a badly written book. You kinda laugh at there despair and you kinda feel bad about it’s just so over the top that you just can’t stop yourself.