Bless the coming and going of Him,
May His passing cleanse the world.
May He keep the world for his people.
Dune was first published in 1965, and the novel has had an enormous impact on popular culture. Dune's sandworms have captured the attention of many creative people, and the worms have appeared in various forms in a variety of media, from comic strips [such as the FoxTrot strip, above, by Bill Amend, published on August 23, 2015] to movies [for example, Beetlejuice and Star Wars]. The sandworms were not native to Arrakis--they were actually brought to the planet thousands of years before the novel's setting, and it is because of the worms that Arrakis is a desert planet--the worms cannot tolerate water, so in their "larval" stage, as sandtrout, they "encysted" Dune's water and caused the desertification of the planet. A byproduct of this desertification process is the "spice" melange which is the treasure of Arrakis.
Because we are all in different places with our reading [although we are all supposed to be in Book III this week...], a safe topic, hopefully, is Shai Halud--the Fremen name for the sandworms.
Regardless of where you are in the book, you can surely add something to our understanding of the novel through a discussion of how the sandworms, their behaviors, and/or byproducts, whether Spice or the Water of Life or even crysknives, are linked with a character in the novel.
Yes, this will be a tricky blog entry--you don't have a specific question to answer or a prompt to respond to, but you ARE charged with creating a post that will begin with the sandworms and result in a discussion which can include all of us, regardless of whether we have read past page 50 or are closing in on the end of the novel. Please note that anything which may give away important points to readers who are behind you in reading should be introduced with a notation of a possible SPOILER ALERT.
I am looking forward to some interesting comments this week!
Teacher Barb :)