Develop an original research question that allows you to enter into a conversation about an inequity or an injustice that you feel is important to discuss your question should allow you to develop a 7 page research paper that can be supported by a mininmum of 6 scholarly sources you may cite from colorblind and the beast side: however your sources should consist of a combination of books, scholarly articles, newspapers, etc from the ccsf library databases
1, research proposal
the research proposal is not a contract and you question might change as you progress through your research journey: however you will bw provided feedback on the appropriateness of your chosen issue and working question and other practical matters. for the research proposal, discuss the following in 300-400 words
a) develop a research question: you will develop a research question that is focused(not too broad), challenging (not just factual), and grounded(not too speculative ) as a possible entry point for your research. why does this question need to be asked? what would you like your audience to do reading your paper
b). describe research conversation: based on preliminary research, what have you learned so far about the research conversation you will enter? what entry point have you found to offer own insights and ideas
c), describe research challenges: what challenges, if any do you anticipate( locating sufficient sources, managing the project, finding a position to take)? what resources are available to help you meet these challenges?
2), annotated bibliography;
an annotated bibliography contains descriptive or evaluative comments on the sources you are working with in your research this source list follows the same format as the “works cited” entry. you will receive feedback on the appropriateness of your sources given your topic. provide a 100-200 word annotation for 3 sources(not colorblind or the beast side)- adhere to mla formatting guidelines for works cited pages. discuss the following in your annotations:
1, summarize: if someone asked what this article/book is about, how would you describe it? what is /are the main points?
2, assess: after summarizing , evaluate the source, how does it compare with other sources in your bibliography? how do you know the information is reliable? is it this source biased or objective
3, reflect: once you have summarize and assessed a source, you need to ask how it fits into your research. how does it help shape your argument? how will you use this source in your paper? how has it changed how you think about your issue?




Sample Solution

Sample solution

Dante Alighieri played a critical role in the literature world through his poem Divine Comedy that was written in the 14th century. The poem contains Inferno, Purgatorio, and Paradiso. The Inferno is a description of the nine circles of torment that are found on the earth. It depicts the realms of the people that have gone against the spiritual values and who, instead, have chosen bestial appetite, violence, or fraud and malice. The nine circles of hell are limbo, lust, gluttony, greed and wrath. Others are heresy, violence, fraud, and treachery. The purpose of this paper is to examine the Dante’s Inferno in the perspective of its portrayal of God’s image and the justification of hell. 

In this epic poem, God is portrayed as a super being guilty of multiple weaknesses including being egotistic, unjust, and hypocritical. Dante, in this poem, depicts God as being more human than divine by challenging God’s omnipotence. Additionally, the manner in which Dante describes Hell is in full contradiction to the morals of God as written in the Bible. When god arranges Hell to flatter Himself, He commits egotism, a sin that is common among human beings (Cheney, 2016). The weakness is depicted in Limbo and on the Gate of Hell where, for instance, God sends those who do not worship Him to Hell. This implies that failure to worship Him is a sin.

God is also depicted as lacking justice in His actions thus removing the godly image. The injustice is portrayed by the manner in which the sodomites and opportunists are treated. The opportunists are subjected to banner chasing in their lives after death followed by being stung by insects and maggots. They are known to having done neither good nor bad during their lifetimes and, therefore, justice could have demanded that they be granted a neutral punishment having lived a neutral life. The sodomites are also punished unfairly by God when Brunetto Lattini is condemned to hell despite being a good leader (Babor, T. F., McGovern, T., & Robaina, K. (2017). While he commited sodomy, God chooses to ignore all the other good deeds that Brunetto did.

Finally, God is also portrayed as being hypocritical in His actions, a sin that further diminishes His godliness and makes Him more human. A case in point is when God condemns the sin of egotism and goes ahead to commit it repeatedly. Proverbs 29:23 states that “arrogance will bring your downfall, but if you are humble, you will be respected.” When Slattery condemns Dante’s human state as being weak, doubtful, and limited, he is proving God’s hypocrisy because He is also human (Verdicchio, 2015). The actions of God in Hell as portrayed by Dante are inconsistent with the Biblical literature. Both Dante and God are prone to making mistakes, something common among human beings thus making God more human.

To wrap it up, Dante portrays God is more human since He commits the same sins that humans commit: egotism, hypocrisy, and injustice. Hell is justified as being a destination for victims of the mistakes committed by God. The Hell is presented as being a totally different place as compared to what is written about it in the Bible. As a result, reading through the text gives an image of God who is prone to the very mistakes common to humans thus ripping Him off His lofty status of divine and, instead, making Him a mere human. Whether or not Dante did it intentionally is subject to debate but one thing is clear in the poem: the misconstrued notion of God is revealed to future generations.



Babor, T. F., McGovern, T., & Robaina, K. (2017). Dante’s inferno: Seven deadly sins in scientific publishing and how to avoid them. Addiction Science: A Guide for the Perplexed, 267.

Cheney, L. D. G. (2016). Illustrations for Dante’s Inferno: A Comparative Study of Sandro Botticelli, Giovanni Stradano, and Federico Zuccaro. Cultural and Religious Studies4(8), 487.

Verdicchio, M. (2015). Irony and Desire in Dante’s” Inferno” 27. Italica, 285-297.