Who are the Bene Gesserit of Dune?

Dune has plenty of strange characters and companies, however couple of are as essential and deceptive as the Bene Gesserit order, to which Paul’s mom Jessica belongs. While the motion picture exposes a few of their tricks, it doesn’t get all method into the background of the all-female sect. Luckily, Frank Herbert’s initial Dune book has lots of info on them, in case you would like to know more about Girl Jessica and her company of psychic area nuns who fuck.

[Ed. note: This story contains spoilers for the Dune novel and the Dune Part 1 movie, it may also contain spoilers for sections of the unannounced second movie.]

Who are the Bene Gesserit?

The Bene Gesserit are a deceptive company of ladies who silently manage and form political occasions throughout deep space. They are specifically trained to have special (basically psychic) powers, which permit them to command others with their voice, battle extremely well, and control parts of their own physiology.

The Bene Gesserit have an intricate hierarchy, however the most essential functions to understand are the Siblings and the Reverend Moms. Siblings of the Bene Gesserit get training and total specific jobs within the order, consisting of developing kids with particular dads. Reverend Mothers, the leaders and seniors of the company, get the very same training however likewise consume an unique super-strong variation of the Spice assortment that provides additional powers.

What is the Bene Gesserit strategy?

The group’s main objective is to conserve mankind from itself by pressing it forward into a brand-new age of achievement. In order to do this, the Bene Gesserit have a range of longterm strategies and plans, some with the specific intent to assist, and others just created to acquire more power and impact.

Why do the Bene Gesserit desire Paul?

The most essential Bene Gesserit plan, a minimum of for Dune’s plot, is the Missionaria Protectiva, an ancient Gesserit plot to spread out the seeds of faith and folklore to as numerous “primitive” civilizations as possible. Particularly, to spread out the cultural foundation that cause societies with matriarchal leaders, like the Gesserit themselves, and the belief that a legendary, messianic hero figure will one day appear.

The Gesserit themselves are likewise trying to produce their own messianic token, the Kwisatz Haderach. This messiah shares a number of the Gesserit powers, consisting of the capability to check out the future and past. However while the Gesserit can just see into the memories of their female line, the Kwisatz Haderach will see the male line also.

In order to create the ideal Kwisatz Haderach, the Bene Gesserit began a program of selective breeding that started over 10,000 years before the story of Dune. This plan was to reach fruition when the daughter of Lady Jessica (Rebecca Ferguson) produced a son with a member of House Harkonnen, the Atreides’ sworn enemies. However, out of love for Duke Leto, Jessica used her Bene Gesserit powers to conceive a boy instead. That boy is Paul Atreides, Dune’s protagonist and potentially the Kwisatz Haderach.

Why does Paul have to put his hand in the box?

In the beginning of Dune Part 1 Paul is greeted by Revered Mother Gaius Helen Mohiam who is sent by the Bene Gesserit to test whether or not he was “human” — on the off chance he failed the test, then the Bene Gesserit’s plan for the Kwisatz Haderach could still go forward.

Will any of this show up in Dune Part 2?

Yes, quite a bit of it! For one thing, Paul is likely to gain the ability to see through all of time at some point in the movie. This newfound ability will confirm his status as the Gesserit’s Kwisatz Haderach. Even more directly, we’ll also probably get to see Lady Jessica become a Revered Mother when the Fremen’s own Reverend Mother gives her the Water of Life, granting Jessica and the daughter in her womb the knowledge and memories of all women in her family line. Have we mentioned that Dune gets very weird?

The just thing stopping us from seeing all of those things is whether Dune Part 2 in fact gets made.

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