Use the Harvard system of in-text citation and include a bibliography, to write a 1200-word essay.
Footnotes are included in the word count; the bibliography is excluded. (Essay must be 100% plagiarism free) Please use as in text citation and bibliography the reading material I have attached, and websites links I have provided at the bottom of this paper. In addition to the above material, you can use other sources I.e. books and Journals if you find them useful.
Answer the following Question in more detail:
Anthony Crosland claimed that ‘Marx has little or nothing to offer the contemporary socialist’.
What did he mean? And was he right?
Writing structure of how the essay must be in the following format
• Interpretation of the question – understand the precise task set by the title
• Your particular focus
• Outline your essay argument
Main Body (80%)
• Outline the target of your essay
• What are you analysing?
• What do you agree/disagree with and why?
• What is the evidence? What have others said about the same subject matter?
• What is the evidence? What have others said?
• Always link back to the main question/introduction
• No new material (don’t introduce new argument)
• Restate your argument, state your conclusion – what have you shown?
• State significance of your position.
• Link back to the title of the assignment.
Strengths of an essay
– Thesis statement (the introduction) must be clear
– Mixed methods of evidence
– Good evidence plus knowledge
– Further research
– Structure – signposting the reader to your sources i.e. making in text citations.
– Relevance of argument/what is the key tenets of your argument?
Sometimes great essays lack critical engagement such an essay will talk about for instance, advantage and disadvantage but it will not go further to say anything about what these advantages/disadvantages are.
– Bad introduction
– Lack of structure
– Lack of evidence
– Poor relevance
Further Reading list websites for the essay in addition to the other reading list
Yanis Varoufakis: How I became an erratic Marxist
Socialism has failed. Now capitalism is bankrupt. So, what comes next? https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2009/apr/10/financial-crisis-capitalism-socialism-alternatives
Marx and socialism: A critical evaluation
The future of British social democracy: lessons from Anthony Crosland
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 Studies, 4(8), 487.
Verdicchio, M. (2015). Irony and Desire in Dante’s” Inferno” 27. Italica, 285-297.