Please pick a movie and analyze – from the perspective of an Organizational Behavior Specialist – the behaviors and personalities of the characters depicted in a film of your choice. You need not critique the film in terms for value as a work of art or as entertainment. Rather, you should think carefully about the personalities, behaviors, and leadership attitudes of the characters portrayed in the film. Apply the Organizational Behavior theories from class and readings that to understand, interpret, and exemplify an individual’s leadership behavior. This assignment is comprehensive so please apply any and all concepts encountered in this course (from the book, lecture, or HBS exercises) that help explain the character’s personality, beliefs, and behavior within the relative organizational milieu. Assignment 1. Watch the film with an eye towards the characters’ personalities, behaviors, feelings, and interactions with others. a. How do they behave? Why do they behave the way they do? b. How do they interpret situations? Does this differ from how the other characters respond? c. What it is it about their past relationships that may influence their behavior and personality now? 2. Select a MAJOR character whose personality you would like to more intimately describe and interpret using at least 3 different behavior theories/constructs. 3. Identify one example for each behavior / intelligence theory/construct that illustrates how the character’s personality, beliefs, or behavior manifests that construct. The example that you choose can be a large part of the film or can be as small as one line of dialogue that exemplifies the theory or construct. In either case, the concept and the parts of the movie must be described in sufficient detail so that I know what you are talking about. Paper Organization and Grade Breakdown Paragraph #1 – Introduction/Thesis statement • Brief summary of movie and description of your character’s role in the movie • Thesis statement about the three theories/constructs you will use to explain your character’s personality/behavior/beliefs Paragraph #2 – Theory/Construct #1 • Example from movie of how your character manifests leadership archetypes o Briefly describe the relevant scene or example that illustrates your character’s personality, beliefs, or behavior (You may assume that I have seen the film). • Specific concept/construct (e.g., authoritative) o Describe in detail the overarching personality theory and specific concept/construct that you believe is a relevant characterization of the example you’ve just described. o The idea is to show me that you have a good understanding of the theory/concept and specific principles by describing the theory/process in your own words. An occasional quote from your text or another source is fine, but for the most part, you should be conveying your knowledge without the aid of others’ words – using your text or your lecture notes as resources is fine. • Your analysis/interpretation of behavior within the organizational behavior theory o Elaborate on how the selected scene illustrates the principle you have identified. o Where possible, make reference to how your scene maps onto specific research findings (for example, describe how the scene is similar to or different from relevant experiments you’ve read or heard about). It’s very important that you do more than simply say something like “this scene illustrates transformative leadership." You must be specific on precisely how and in what form the scene illustrates this process. It’s also ok to write about how a scene might fail to follow predictions derived from the particular principle or theory. Paragraph #3 – Theory/Construct #2 Paragraph #4 – Theory/Construct #3 Paragraph #5 – Brief Conclusion o Conclusion paragraph ties the paper together effectively by reviewing the three theories that you used to explain your character’s personality MLS format

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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.