What is the major conflict, setting, and theme in The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy?

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Karen P.L. Hardison | College Teacher | eNotes Employee

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The settings for The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy are diverse. Two major ones are Arthur Dent's house in England and the space ship, the Heart of Gold, that picks Arthur and Ford Prefect up at the beginning of their adventure. The major conflict in the novel is the many manifestations of a bureaucracy at conflict with humanity. It begins with the bulldozers at Dent's garden gate and continues through all the intergalactic misadventures, including Zaphod Beeblebrox's abduction of the Heart of Gold. A major theme is the struggle for rational development of reason in situations that seems absurd and without meaning.