Essay/Term paper: Dune
Essay, term paper, research paper: English Literature Essays
The book Dune has a science-fiction story line that associates two major
themes frequently in the book. The title and the setting of the book are used
to establish the bleakness and isolation of the planet Arrakis. The plot and
resolution bring together the multiple factions including the emperor and the
two major houses for control of the spice production.
The title of the book Dune, plays a major part of the story. The planet of
Arrakis where most of the novel takes place, is a desolate, isolated spot in the
universe which isn't valuable for anything, but the spice. The people on the
planet have it hard because of the gigantic sand dunes and the indigenous sand
worms which live under the sand. The planet has no source of water on it except
that of underground, which is very hard to come by. As you can see, "Water is
precious there." (pg. 30)
The plot of this science-fiction story deals almost entirely of the two
major houses that at this time are sworn to destroy each other and the emperor.
The two major houses want control of the spice on the planet of Arrakis which
allows anyone who has it to fold space. Folding space means traveling anywhere
in the universe without actually having to move. The House of Attreides gets
destroyed by the House of Harkonnens in the fight over the spice. But on the
planet of Arrakis, the local people of that world known as Fremen had had a
prophecy that one day a savior would come and make peace where there was war on
the planet of Arrakis. The duke's son of the House of Attreides escaped during
the fight for the planet and crashed landed on the dunes where the Fremen lived.
The duke's son, Paul, became their leader because of his great knowledge. He
learned to control the giant sand worms and use them to his own advantage. The
Fremen were determined to get rid of all the Harkonnens that ruled the world for
one reason: the spice. The Fremen made an attack and ended up destroying the
Harkonnens using the sand worm's help. And once again, "The Fremen had the
world." (pg. 488)
In the end, the title of the book had more to do with the story than
anything else. The plot and resolution well summarized the story and pulled
everything together. The book Dune is an interesting and unique display of
imagination that shows the fight between good and evil.
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