1. Watch at least one video from each perspective below (men, women, younger adults).

Focus on Men (choose 1):
*Middle Aging Man [3:08] link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=arYSj-9o-O0
*Home for Middle Aged Men [3:18, warning: contains rude and crude British humor] link: http://youtu.be/Gih25KN_Asw

Focus on Women (choose 1):
*Menopause Blues [3:36] link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Izl1ikOvlNo
*I’m a Middle-Aged Woman [3:50, warning: contains R-rated language] link: http://youtu.be/3tMyNhTAFoU

Perceptions of Younger Adults (choose 1):
*Missing Them [0:31] link: http://youtu.be/_FbfBkR8Cyg AND Social Network [0:31] link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TUGmcb3mhLM&feature=youtu.be
*Middle Age Dream [3:56] link: http://youtu.be/ZcytRmnJMxM
*In Good Company [2:34] link: http://youtu.be/xPqVNMdx2cU

2. After watching at least one video from each perspective, answer the following questions (300 words max for part 1):

(a) comment on what might be stereotypes versus what might be “realistic” by comparing what you viewed with actual middle-aged people you know;

(b) describe how some aspect of development portrayed in the videos is influenced by other physical, cognitive, socioemotional changes or life events; and

(c) describe how two different men or two different women might have very different experiences of midlife. Refer to information from your text for each part of your response.

Part 2:

1. Watch this video Cultivating careers – Midlife career change [5:00] and answer ONE of the following questions (200 words max for part 2):(link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b-Jje8nAKvQ)

(a) Thinking about physical, cognitive, and socioemotional development in middle adulthood, identify factors that might impact middle aged adults seeking a new or different career?


(b) What are some challenges and benefits of making a career change in middle adulthood?



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.



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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.