Jump to content

Gom Jabbar: historical links?


Egeides

Recommended Posts

Herbert always has a background to his ideas. In the case of the Gom Jabbar, I do not think I saw everything in it... Would anyone express his views about historical or ideological backgrounds to the Gom Jabbar, directly and as a concept? Perhaps also etimologically, where I have very little knowledge...

Link to comment
Share on other sites

Well, it is somewhat similar to the old "trial by fire" idea - a suspected criminal would be horribly injured (e.g.: forced to plunge their hand in boiling water; burned with a firebrand; etc), and if the wound healed well (which, of course, it would not), the person was deemed innocent. If the wound festered, he was guilty.

One particularly relevant example comes to mind: An ancient Arab custom was to have the suspect lick a red-hot ladle-like implement. If he could do so thrice without crying out, he was innocent.

The test of the Gom Jabbar is very similar, since Paul was being tested to see if he was "guilty" of being an animal (i.e. not being able to control his own animal instinct - removing his hand from the box).

Also note the "Amtal Rule" (check the Terminology), which stated that the only way to fully understand something/someone is to know their limits. And the only way to know that thing's/person's limits is to surpass them, essentially destroying the object/person in question. Again, the Gom Jabbar follows this idea.

Link to comment
Share on other sites

Join the conversation

You can post now and register later. If you have an account, sign in now to post with your account.
Note: Your post will require moderator approval before it will be visible.

Guest
Reply to this topic...

×   Pasted as rich text.   Paste as plain text instead

  Only 75 emoji are allowed.

×   Your link has been automatically embedded.   Display as a link instead

×   Your previous content has been restored.   Clear editor

×   You cannot paste images directly. Upload or insert images from URL.

×
×
  • Create New...