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Dune A report by Alex Trobley
• The story begins on the Planet Caladan. Caladan is a luscious planet full of water and plant life.
Caladan, The Atreides Home planet
• The story then moves to the planet Arrakis. Arrakis is a desolate planet with little water but it holds the only known source of the mineral spice at the time. It is called Dune.
Arrakis, The planet used for the mining of spice.
• The first character shown in the book is Paul Atreides, he is a main character who is dynamic. He is a young boy who wants to do nothing but please his superiors. Later he becomes the hardened leader known as the Lisan Al-Gaib. He is training to be a Bene Gesserit, a leader of politics and a person capable of seeing through lies as well as looking into the past of their family tree, as well as a Mentat, a person who can accomplish great logical feats. He is thin, has blue eyes and has black hair. He is believed by many to be the prophesized Muad’Dib who will save Arrakis and its people.
Paul Atreides, Lisan Al-Gaib and Kwisatz Haderach
• Another character is Duke Leto Atreides he is a main character, he is also dynamic. He is the father of Paul and was sent by the Padishah Emperor to control mining operations on Dune. He starts of as a solid figure who has no worries but then becomes a weaker figure who is just struggling with his surroundings to survive. He is slim with an angular face and has black hair.
Duke Leto Atreides, father of Paul
• Paul’s mother, Jessica, is a Bene Gesserit as well, she, however, is very limited in her abilities. She is not married into the Atriedes family to keep other families wanting to wed Duke Leto, however, she is an implied member of the family and is trusted completely by Leto and Paul. She is a main character but she is staticshe is slim and has long black hair. She later becomes the Reverend Mother of Arrakis.
Lady Jessica Atreides, mother of Paul, concubine of Leto, Reverend other of Arrakis
• Duke Vladmir Harkonnen is the rival duke of Leto. He is portrayed as the evil character who’s only goal is to mold his heir into a hero of the people in the public’s eyes while work behind the scenes to wreck havoc. He is so fat that he requires special suspensor’s to remove some of gravity’s force to prevent his body from collapsing in on itself. He has a horribly disfigured face. He is a main character. He is static
Baron Vladmir Harkonnen, enemy of Leto
• Feyd-Rautha Harkonnen is the heir of Vladmir Harkonnen. He is thin, young, vain and is wild at heart. He constantly challenges his peers and superiors and revels in battle. He despises his uncle Vladmir but puts up with him to advance himself to the seat of Duke. He is cunning and conniving. He is the rival of Paul Atreides. He is a main character and is stationary.
Feyd-Rautha Harkonnen, nephew of Vladmir, enemy of Paul
• Thufir Hawat is a trainer to Paul and an advisor to Leto. He has a scar and is stocky, he is a secondary character and is static. He has a hard exterior but a cultured soul. He is tricked by the Harkonnens into hating Jessica, believing that she betrayed Leto.
Thufir Hawat, Mentat and royal advisor of the Ateides
• Reverend Mother Gaius Helen Mohiam is a Bene Gesserit teacher. She taught Jessica and tested Paul. She is old. She is a secondary character who is static. She is harsh in her ways for the purpose of protecting the Bene Gesserit title. She is described briefly at the beginning of the story but is often referenced later. She reappears later in the novel as an evil character allied with the emperor.
Reverend other Gaius Helen Mohaim, truthsayer of the Padishah Emperor
• Rising Action: The span of the story that stretches from the beginning to the climax. This includes the problem and setting. • In Dune the rising action introduced Paul, killed his dad and caused Paul to lead a jihad against the Emperor and the Harkonnens.
Paul Muad’Dib leads his jihad
• Climax: The turning point in the story. This solves the problems in the story. • In Dune the climax causes Paul to drink the mystic water of life causing him to become a messianic character, Kwisatz Haderach. Paul’s son Leto II is killed and his sister Alia is captured. Paul then leads his jihad to defeat the emperor’s troops, the Sardaukar, and the Harkonnens and enter a final battle with Feyd-Rautha.
Paul’s final battle with Feyd-Rautha
• Falling Action: This is when the story wraps up. At this point loose ends are tied up. • In Dune the falling action causes Paul to wed the Emperor's daughter, Princess Irulan and become the new emperor.
Princess Irulan, Padishah Emperor’s daughter, concubine of Paul
• Character vs. Nature: Paul is forced into the dessert and must learn how to survive. • Character vs. Society: Paul gets pulled into the society of the Fremen as a messiah even though he doesn’t believe himself to be a messiah. • Character vs. Character: Paul is trapped in a struggle against Baron Harkonnen. • Character vs. Self: Paul wrestles with himself in an internal struggle as he decides whether to accept his role as messiah or not.
• Thufir Hawat dies of poisoning he suffered at the hands of the Harkonnens. Paul secures his spot as the Padishah Emperor by marrying Princess Irulan. Paul, seeing into the future, senses that his journey has just begun giving leeway for future books.
Dune Book Two
Dune was made to show a few things. Such things are the complete ruthlessness of politics as well as how people in positions of power truly manipulate events behind closed doors while making people think that they are in control. It also shows how a seed planted in the minds of many is nurtured and developed into a religion. Ultimately though, Dune is a metaphor for the Middle East and the spice mining is the drilling for oil or the use of drugs to control vast majorities of people. Evidence of this is the constant references to common day economy. A quote that shows the manipulation for one’s own goal is when Jessica thinks to herself “I could control him, but he’s a strong man… worth much more to us unblunted and with full freedom of action. We shall see.”
• The mood is ominous. It is a looming presence hanging over the head of the main character Paul. Sometimes this is the presence of a bright future and at other times the future is bleak. • “They’re in league with the future, she thought. They have a mountain to climb. This is the scientist’s dream… and these simple people, these peasants, are filled with it.” (Dune, p.319)
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