Background Information:
As a Criminal Justice Practitioner, you are extremely creative and highly motivated. You love your job and the people that you work with are not too bad,
either. As a matter of fact, your best friend, you attended high school with, also works with you, on the same shift.
The two of you are just like siblings. You spend holidays together with each other’s families and you even share a love for Criminal Justice related movies and
television shows. As a matter of fact, 6 months ago the two of you wrote a short scriipt together, for a 60-minute television show Pilot Project and submitted
Well, as you figured, so far, every one of the networks has sent you a nice rejection letter…
The Incident:
On April 27, 2022, you and your best friend got together, at your house, to watch a marathon of old Cop shows playing on TBS, since you were both off from
work, on that day.
Between television commercials, there was a knock on your front door. When you went to see who it was, a FED/Ex driver had you sign for a large overnight
envelope. Well, guess what? That envelope had a return address from HBO…
That’s right! HBO has decided to fund your concept for a 60-minute television show Pilot Project. They have agreed to give you and your partner $750,000.00
to develop, cast, shoot, and edit your Pilot Project. The show must be completed and submitted to HBO by 8:00 am (est.) on October 2, 2022. If it’s not, you
and your best friend must pay back all of the money, plus a $50,000.00 penalty, out of your own pockets!
The only other stipulation they made is that the show must be based on the recurring theme of “Why People Commit Crime in America.”
Okay, fancy pants… Since you’re so creative, tell me:
Critical Thinking Questions:
1. What is the name of your show?
Who will star in the show (pick anyone you want to pick)?
Where will the show take place (city, state, country)?
Will it be a Comedy, Drama, or Mystery (etc.)?
Who is your best friend (that has and will continue to work with you on the show)?
NOTE: You can download the Audio MP3 for DQ #7 here:
dl=0… Listen to it as you read the DQ.

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.