Select a central concept (theme) that is important to the nature of being human.
Some ideas include citizenship, rights and responsibilities, consumerism, work ethic, grief, earth stewardship, courtship, marriage, coming-of-age rituals, class, race, gender, education, home, elder care, childbirth, child-rearing, sports, pets, criminal justice, food and meal-sharing, entertainment, funeral practices, religious/ spiritual practices, the arts, vacations, leisure time, hobbies, or another theme approved by instructor.

Show how your theme manifests itself in three different cultures.
Use three historical periods or three contemporary cultures. For example, you might choose to explore courtship in 15th-century Italy, 18th-century England, and 20th-century South Africa. Alternatively, you could consider a theme within three contemporary cultures (for example, funeral practices in Canada, Egypt, and Mexico today).

Locate and quote directly from at least three credible secondary sources (journal articles, etc.). Including relevant primary source material is certainly welcome but optional. Weave in quoted passages smoothly and document information correctly.

Conclude with your “Why should my reader care about this?” response to the chosen theme. Address these questions: Why does this topic matter on both an individual and global level? What can/ should we learn by taking a closer look at this topic?

Your written topic proposal (5%) will be due prior to final paper submission. It should offer a one-page, double-spaced description of your theme and at least one secondary source you plan to use. 

• Your paper should be 4-5 pages in length (not including Works Cited page), double-spaced, 12-point font.
• Create a solid thesis statement, organize topics, and synthesize your ideas with source material.
• Revise with usage, clarity, and cohesion in mind. Ideally, read your work aloud to “hear” language.
• Use MLA (8th ed.) style for citing at least three credible secondary sources.
• Start with the A-B Tech Library databases as you conduct research: Locke Library.
• Check in with an A-B Tech Writing Center consultant (optional): Writing Center.

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.