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dune-frank-herbertPaul Atreides, Book 3, Section 48he power to destroy a thing isthe absolute control over it. Sources: Encyclopaedia Britannica, Frank Herbert by Tim OReilly, New YorkerCopyright © 2017 Course Hero, Inc.DestinySeeing the future gives ones life a sense of inevitability.Religion & PoliticsReligious fervor can make a political hero out of a man.Power & ControlPower can be used to exert control over the presentand future.ThemesLady JessicaBene Gesserit concubine to Duke Leto; trained in subtleties of controlling self and others; becomes Reverend Mother to the Fremen peoplePaul AtreidesSon of Duke Leto Atreides and Lady Jessica; flees to the desert and emerges a religious savior and military leaderBaron Vladimir HarkonnenSelf-indulgent, conniving, morbidly obese ruler of House Harkonnen; enemy of House Atreides who engages in coercion and manipulationMain CharactersAn American science fiction writer, Herbert used Dune as a lens for looking critically at human nature, exploring the human impulse to perceive certain leaders as larger than life and obey them blindly. Though set in the future, Dune speaks to the political, religious, and economic systems of today.FRANK HERBERT1920–86AuthorPaul, hailed as prophet and visionary, leads the Fremen to victory over tyranny.Book 3:The ProphetThe dukes son, Paul, becomes a messiah for the Fremen of Arrakis.Book 2: Muad’DibSoon after taking possession of Arrakis, Duke Atreides is betrayed and killed.Book 1:DuneWhen Paul Atreides, exiled Duke of Arrakis, assumes the roles of prophet and military leader among the desert Fremen people, he secures both political and religious influence. Wielding these intertwined and perilous powers, Paul harnesses past and present in order to shape the future.Seeing into thePast, Choosingthe FutureOVERVIEWEnglishOriginal Language 1965 Year PublishedFrank HerbertAuthorDuneScience FictionNovel

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