From plot debriefs to key motifs, Thug Notes’ Dune by Frank Herbert Summary & Analysis has you covered with themes, symbols, important quotes, and more.
Dune (1965) | Written by: Frank Herbert | Published by: Ace
Dune – Thug Notes Summary and Analysis
What it do? Yo boy Doc Sweets is BACK and today we gettin spicy with Dune by Frank Herbert.
Aight lemme ‘splain somethin real quick. Like 20,000 years in da future, humanity dun spread their sh** to other planets run by hood rich crews called ‘houses’ who all takin’ their orders from the Emperor.
This whole space-hood run off a dank herb called Melange, or “spice” on the streets. See, the only place you can score spice is up on the planet of Arrakis, where they aint nothin but a bunch of sandworm-riding thugz called Fremen. These cats just sittin on they asses waiting for a legendary savior called “Lisan-al-Gaib” who gonna turn Arrakis in to a water filled paradise.
Now there also be a click o’ fine biddies called Bene Gesserit who strapped with bangin super powers. Word is they tryin to breed the first ever male super-dude called the Kwisatz Haderach- whose powers gonna be the swoelest of the swoel.
So one day the emperor tell Duke Leto of House Atreides that he now top dowg of spice mining on Arrakis. Right before they bounce over to the planet, the duke’s Bene- G Jessica puts their son Paul to an old-school test. And truth is, Paul got a mind WAY beyond yo erryday thug.
Things ain’t quite what they were expectin on Arrakis. Turns out the emperor playin dirty and what he really plottin is to waste all the playas of House Atriedes. But instead of comin out and sayin it to their face, the emperor puts his muscle behind the homies of House Harkonnen, who been beefin with the Atriedes fo years.
The Harkonnen’s got an ace in the hole, though- Duke L’s boy Doc Yeuh. Fool’s actually a snitch who drops the Duke right in to Baron Harkonnen’s lap. The Duke try to take the Baron down with him, but ends up just icing himself and some other jabronies. Feelin like a real bitch, Yueh helps Paul and Jessica bust ass outta there where they join up with the Fremen on the outside.
Years pass and Paul now known on the streets as Paul Maud’Dib. Since Paul been chewin dat spice all day erry day, his powers been gettin TURNT UP. Along with Paul’s boss fighting skills and clutch leadership, the Fremen start thinkin he the legendary prophet. So M-Deezy rallies up his Fremen posse to stomp dem Harkonnen scrubs!
But before they roll out, Paul decide he gonna step up his game. So he takes a long pull from the water of life. When he wakes up from a nasty-ass drank nap, his powers so damn ballin that he can see past, present, and future like it ain’t no thang. Using dat sight he find out the emperor dun assembled a BIG ASS army that he gonna use to put the hurt on Paul.=
So Paul and the Fremen hop up on they sandworms and wreck erry fool that step to. Then the emperor try to throw down but Paul all like “AtreiDEEZ NUTS, son,” snatches the throne like a boss, and becomes the new emperor. Thing is, since he can see the future, he realize he ain’t gonna be able to stop the bleak ass holy-war ahead of them.
For some bruthas, Dune all bout the planet Arrakis and ecology- how any lil hood can transform a planet, and in turn, be transformed by it. But fo’ this thug right here, talkin bout my man Paul Atreides is where it’s at.
First off, the name Atriedes comes from dat playa Agamemnon from Greek myth. Cuz like Agamemnon, even though Paul come from a family that got solid street cred and fat stacks, his future full o tragedy. Mmm!
See the thing I dig bout Paul is dat even though he packin some sick powers, he know he ain’t all dat. Check it-
Sparky reads quote: “Muad’Dib could indeed see the Future, but you must understand the limits of this power. Think of sight. You have eyes, yet cannot see without light….Just so, Muad’Dib could not always choose to look across the mysterious terrain.” (352)
But that don’t stop people from ridin his junk 24/7. Even though the Fremen thinkin Paul tha playa of legend, they don’t know the truth like he do.
Eventually, Paul realize the universe ain’t just the big unknown, it’s da INFITINITE unknown. And Paul pity the fool who think he, or anyone else, can control errything.
So if like the Fremen, you bettin all yo chips on a savior who can’t do no wrong, you straight trippin. Cuz they ain’t nobody that can tame the infinite. Nuh-uh. Even Paul with his “I can see the past, present, and future” bullsh** can’t do nothin to stop the world from the mess that lay ahead.
Sparky reads quote: “And Paul saw how futile were any efforts of his to change any smallest bit of this. He had thought to oppose the jihad within himself, but the jihad would be. His legions would rage out from Arrakis even without him. They needed only the legend he already had become.”(783)
But peeps gonna do what they do- worship a savior who they thinkin gonna solve all their problems. Even Paul’s realest homies gonna JUMP at the chance to lay their free will at dat playas feet.
Sparky reads quote: “In that instant, Paul saw how Stilgar had been transformed from the Fremen naib to a creature of the Lisan-al-Gaib, a receptacle for awe and obedience. It was a lessening of the man, and Paul felt the ghost-wind of the jihad in it” (762)
On the real, it ain’t a savior we should be lookin for to fix our lives. We gotta use these righteous playas as an inspiration, nut up, and make dat change ourselves.
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