Room 237 : Number 42

Number 42

Another instance of the number 42 being referenced subtly is the phrase "All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy" that Jack types out on his typewriter. If you add up all the characters including spaces it totals 42.

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I prefer to think of 42 not as the Nazi thing but as the meaning of life, the universe and everything.....

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"Another instance of the number 42 being referenced subtly is the phrase "All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy" that Jack types out on his typewriter. If you add up all the characters including spaces it totals 42."



- True, and interesting, but "All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy" was in the novel.

So is it a point for the hidden meanings or the purely coincidental teams?

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Well, truth be told, I didn't read the novel, so I was unaware of that fact.

As to the "point for hidden meanings or the purely coincidental teams?" I'm unsure. Of course not having read the novel, I can't say as to the number of appearances or references subtly or obviously there are to the number 42. So, I can not say where the point lies. I'm assuming the "All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy" is important in the novel as well, thus HAD to be included in the movie.

But, getting back to your question... If it HAD to be in the movie, the point sways towards the purely coincidental team. I feel this way because since it was necessary to include it in the film, there wasn't a way around the number 42 reference and happened to be a happy coincidence.

To the people who didn't read the novel; however, it could be a hidden meaning to them as it was to me, so there lies a point there.

I know I didn't fully answer your question, but rather hopefully gave good arguments on either side.

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I don't remember "all work and no play" being in the novel. In the novel, he was actually typing a story. I even read one of the few things King did like about the movie was the "all work and no play" part.

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I still haven't really been told why the 42's are there at all. Yes, I know, the movie said it was because that's when the Nazi's came up with their final solution. But since the large majority of the world already knows that that was an awful thing, it would need no "hidden" reference at all.

So, why are they there? I highly doubt the nazi thing at all.

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The theory was that the film wasn't necessarily meant to educate but to remind people of the atrocities of humanity, specifically nazi Germany.

Shockingly, however, I would recommend everyone who reads this google the clip of a woman interviewing college students in PA about the holocaust. Evidently education requirements for acknowledging/teaching about the holocaust only exist in a few states (if the clip was accurate) and the lack of knowledge is astronishing.

I really strayed there, my apologies, but I can't get over the shock of that interview clip.

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" don't remember "all work and no play" being in the novel. In the novel, he was actually typing a story. I even read one of the few things King did like about the movie was the "all work and no play" part."


You're right Ash, I thought for sure it was in the novel and I did read it, almost 35 years ago. Wow, memory slipping in my old age.

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Dull Boy

D is the 4th letter of alphabet and B is 2nd. 42!!! omg omg omg
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