Firstly, Ford Prefect is an overall omniscient character - nothing can surprise him or shake his conscience. His home planet destroyed many years ago, he had been made to wander and explore the galaxy on his own, hitchhiking along the way. His experiences in space shape much of his character. This is revealed to us very early in the novel, when he arrives on the scene, warning everybody within hearing range that the world they lived on, Earth, is about to end. He feels the need to warn his best friend as well, and pulls him into the local bar in order to spill the news to him without shocking him with information. He often knows what will happen and how, and this is what makes him the utopian writer of the Guide to the Galaxy - having underwent many experiences, he is normally armed and ready for anything, and has a fearless disposition. He predicted the Vogon's reactions to hitchhiking intruders on their ship when th...
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...ly, "Ah. It's been demolished...It just boiled away into space." Ford remains a consistent character throughout while Arthur gains much experience and confidence from him.
Conclusively, Ford Prefect is a unique, preeminent character who is both funny, charming, composed and knowledgeable in contrast with the other characters in the story. He is the ingenious, commonsensical writer of the Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy and acts as the personified version of the book itself. Nothing can shake his framework, and he effortlessly weaves in and out of trouble and conflict with confidence and optimism, making the worst situation seem less menacing. It's mostly due to him the book is such a comedy, from cover to cover, and he is certainly a memorable character from Adams's famous story.
Douglas Adams, The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy. 1979. 23/12/2013
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