Find the essay style reqired from the instructions followed, thank you so much.

Instruction: The movie review is to be 5 (five) double-spaced pages, i.e., approximately 1,250 words in length. Utilize the “word count” function in your word processing system to see if your review is the proper length.
Although there is no formal penalty for assignments that are too long or too short, since such papers do not fall into the stipulated guidelines, they are subject to a reduced mark.

NOTE: Since this is an academic setting, it is expected that written material meet a minimum standard of literacy (i.e., grammar, spelling, writing style, etc.). Accordingly, those who are not familiar with writing essays, or those whose native language is other than English, are expected to avail themselves of the various writing skills facilities available on or off campus. One such resource is the Effective Writing Program offered by the Student Development Centre:
If you have doubts about writing style or grammar, the following website could be of help:

For this assignment you will review one of the following movies (copies of these movies are available in the reserve section of the Weldon Library):
1911 (also known as Xinhai Revolution and The 1911 Revolution)
Directed by Jackie Chan and Zhang Li
A 2011 Chinese movie about the revolution that brought about the fall of the Qing Dynasty in 1911

The Last Samurai
Directed and co-produced by Edward Zwick
A 2003 American film dealing with events during the early Meiji period (late 19th century) of Japan

The President’s Last Bang (?? ????)
Directed by Im Sang-soo; produced by Shin Chul
A 2005 South Korean political satire dealing with the assassination of South Korean President Park Chung-hee in 1979

For a general guide to writing a film review see, Rampolla, Mary Lynn A Pocket Guide to Writing in History, 8th edition (Boston, Bedford/St. Martin’s, 2015), pp. 41-44 (the discussion of critiques and book reviews may also be helpful, pp. 38-41)
See also:

The movie review should include:
—when and where the movie made
—the director
—what the movie about. You need to provide a brief summary of the movie (the reader of your review will have seen the movie, so a detailed account of the plot is not necessary), highlighting only those sections that you think are most important to your thesis. Keep in mind that a movie review that contains a summary and nothing else will not be well received.

The tutorial for the week of February 13, 2018 deals with this assignment, so use this tutorial to prepare for your review.
The main issue you are to address in your review is the role of movies in the study of history. Even though this is a movie review you are still expected to have a thesis—i.e., a point that you are trying to convey to the reader. Therefore, the review should not be just a list of facts about the movie. Although all these movies deal with historical events, they are not documentaries—as such, do they distort history or enhance it? Is there a role for feature films in the study of history? Considering that these are (at least on the surface) historical films, did the directors give fair representation to the historical period? Was it important to the directors that they represented an accurate picture of the past, or were they more concerned with historical memory and the way in which the past is understood in the present? All these factors should be considered when formulating your thesis.

These are just a few of the questions that you could ask yourself when watching the film you have chosen, and perhaps more will occur to you as you proceed with your project. Keep in mind that all the movies under consideration deal with historical events and that this review is for a history class. Accordingly, it is hoped that whatever questions you end up asking in this review will help you come to some understanding of what history means to you, and why the past continues to be relevant in the present.

Resource Material
It will be difficult to write an effective review without utilizing some secondary source material, so students are expected to find reviews or scholarly articles related to the movie they have chosen. Students should use resource material to get the background necessary to understand the movies and the historical setting in which the movies take place. Be aware that you must include citations and include that material in a bibliography.
The assignment must conform to one of the conventional academic formats (i.e., proper citations, formatting of quotations, bibliography, etc.). The preferred format is referred to as, “Traditional Endnotes or Footnotes with Superscript Numbers (humanities),” as outlined in the following website:
NOTE: The APA (American Psychological Association) format is not acceptable for this course.
Essays without proper citations for sources will not be accepted.
Since, Rampolla, Mary Lynn A Pocket Guide to Writing in History Eighth Edition
(Boston: Bedford Martins, 2015), is a required text for this course it is expected that students follow the guidelines outlined in this book as to formatting.

The following are some reviews and articles that may be helpful in understanding these films:
For 1911:
“1911” Slant Magazine (October 10, 2011)

“1911: Film Review,” Hollywood Reporter, 10/13 2011

For The Last Samurai:
“How True to History is Tom Cruise’s The Last Samurai?”
By Jonathan Dresner. History News Network (May, 2004)

New York Times (January 4, 2004)
Land Of the Rising Cliché

Chun, Jayson. “Learning Bushido from Abroad: Japanese Reactions to the Last Samurai.” International Journal of Asia Pacific Studies, 7.3 (2011), 19-21

For The President’s Last Bang:
Kwang Woo Noh, “President Is the Country: Two Korean Films on the Park Chung Hee Era.” Asian Cinema, vol. 22, issue 1 (Spring/Summer 2011)

Noh, Kwang Woo. “The President’s Last Bang,” Cineaste, 31, 2 (Spring 2006) pp. 58-60

Expectations are higher for the movie review as students are expected to utilize the comments and criticisms made on their written assignment when writing this paper. Be forewarned, your mark may suffer if you have not made an effort to improve on the shortcomings pointed out in the written assignment.

Academic Offences:

Scholastic Offences are taken seriously and students are directed to read the appropriate policy, specifically, the definition of what constitute a Scholastic Offence, at the following Web site:


Students must write their essays and assignments in their own words. Whenever students take an idea, or a passage from another author, they must acknowledge their debt both by using quotation marks where appropriate and by proper referencing such as footnotes or citations. Plagiarism is a major academic offense (see Scholastic Offence Policy in the Western Academic Calendar).

All required papers may be subject to submission for textual similarity review to the commercial plagiarism detection software under license to the University for the detection of plagiarism. All papers submitted will be included as source documents in the reference database for the purpose of detecting plagiarism of papers subsequently submitted to the system. Use of the service is subject to the licensing agreement, currently between The University of Western Ontario and (

The following rules pertain to the acknowledgements necessary in academic papers.

A. In using another writer’s words, you must both place the words in quotation marks and acknowledge that the words are those of another writer.

You are plagiarizing if you use a sequence of words, a sentence or a paragraph taken from other writers without acknowledging them to be theirs. Acknowledgement is indicated either by (1) mentioning the author and work from which the words are borrowed in the text of your paper; or by (2) placing a footnote number at the end of the quotation in your text, and including a correspondingly numbered footnote at the bottom of the page (or in a separate reference section at the end of your essay). This footnote should indicate author, title of the work, place and date of Publication and page number. Method (2) given above is usually preferable for academic essays because it provides the reader with more information about your sources and leaves your text uncluttered with parenthetical and tangential references. In either case words taken from another author must be enclosed in quotation marks or set off from your text by single spacing and indentation in such a way that they cannot be mistaken for your own words. Note that you cannot avoid indicating quotation simply by changing a word or phrase in a sentence or paragraph which is not your own.

B. In adopting other writer’s ideas, you must acknowledge that they are theirs.

You are plagiarizing if you adopt, summarize, or paraphrase other writers’ trains of argument, ideas or sequences of ideas without acknowledging their authorship according to the method of acknowledgement given in ‘A’ above. Since the words are your own, they need not be enclosed in quotation marks. Be certain, however, that the words you use are entirely your own; where you must use words or phrases from your source; these should be enclosed in quotation marks, as in ‘A’ above.

Clearly, it is possible for you to formulate arguments or ideas independently of another writer who has expounded the same ideas, and whom you have not read. Where you got your ideas is the important consideration here. Do not be afraid to present an argument or idea without acknowledgement to another writer, if you have arrived at it entirely independently. Acknowledge it if you have derived it from a source outside your own thinking on the subject.

In short, use of acknowledgements and, when necessary, quotation marks is necessary to distinguish clearly between what is yours and what is not. Since the rules have been explained to you, if you fail to make this distinction, your instructor very likely will do so for you, and they will be forced to regard your omission as intentional literary theft. Plagiarism is a serious offence which may result in a student’s receiving an ‘F’ in a course or, in extreme cases, in their suspension from the University.

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.