Books and Movies Reviews

Dune

Frank Herbert’s Dune presents the reader with an imaginery world in
which the broad sweep of history can be seen from the distance of a massive
amount of history. Indeed, one of the things that makes Dune so intriguing
is its ability to locate the action of the present within the overarching
timeframe of ten thousand plus years of history, such that all of the
specific events, while they are of great importance to the narrative, can
be seen merely as further developments inthe overarching plot of
historical events. Dune offers us an immense backdrop of events and
institutions to process, all of which have long and various historical
roles; there is House Atreides, House Harkonnen, the other various houses,
the history of Dune/Arrakis, the history of the Fremen, the Guild, the
Emperor, the history of the Kwitzats Haderach, and, of course, the history
of the spice, itself. Given all of these things, in combination with the
complexity of the timeline and the political turmoil and underlying
political machinations, navigating Dune in itself can be challenging.
Attempting to derive some overarching theory of historicity and its effects
on people out of this imaginary world is a daunting task altogether,
however. The answer to much of this line of questioning, however, lies in
the pseudo-religiousundertones of Dune, specifically in the central
figure of Paul Atreides, who, as a sort of messiah-figure, is made to be an
obvious allusion to the Christian story of Jesus. Indeed, the inclusion of
the imaginary O.C. Bible, within the text of Dune itself further
strengthens this connection between Paul Atreides and the Biblical story as
presented and extrapolated from the Gospels. Indeed, Paul representsa
synthesis (many syntheses, actually) , in which two previously warring
aspects are merged. Indeed, he represents the union of several counter-
poised forces, including water and deser…

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