The Power Of Water In Frank Hebert's 'Dune'

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Frank Hebert’s 1969 epic science fiction classic Dune, centers around the dessert planter of Arrakis. In the novel, water is the scarcest resource on the planet, the mere act of wasting saliva by spitting or shedding tears by crying takes on greater cultural significance for the inhabitants of Arrakis. The inhabitants of Arrakis employ various forms of technology in order to survive the barren climate. They construct "dew collectors” and “windtraps” to capture the slightest precipitation out of the air. They create expansive underground canals in order to transport and preserve water. The native people, attempt to salvage every drop of moisture from the corpses of the recently deceased. Every moment of their life is spent inside "stillsuits," very similar to wetsuits, they recycle sweat, urine, and even feces back into drinking water. Herbert 's novel reveals a fundamental truth-water is the most precious element on the planet. Without it, most life,…show more content…
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