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Benokraitis, Nijole. (2017). SOC 5 Introduction to Sociology, (5th ed.) Boston, Massachusetts: Cengage Learning.
Reaction Paper (100 points)
Your reaction paper will be written using the American Psychological Association (APA) style and format, 6th edition. Your first step in the writing process will be to view the APA Video Tutorial located at the top of your course Moodle page on the right hand side.
Your paper will be an analysis of one or more movie characters from a movie selected from the list provided below. This paper is NOT a summary of the movie; you will use at least three (3) major concepts (not just terms) from your textbook and analyze the character(s) in the movie using these sociological concepts to explain why they act the way they do in the movie.
In addition to the using the concepts in the textbook as references, you will also support the statements in your paper using peer-reviewed articles from credible resources that provide research-based information to help explain your character’s behavior. Your reference page should include a minimum of five (5) references, one reference to your textbook and four additional resources.
When writing the analysis of your character (the body of the paper), you should refer to your textbook and additional references to support your ideas of why the character is behaving in a certain manner. The body of the paper should be a minimum of four full pages and no longer than 5 pages. In-text citations using APA formatting should be made in the body of your paper when using your reference material.
Your final paper will consist of a title page, abstract page, reference page and an analysis of the movie character (body of paper) based on the topics in the book – approximately 7-8 pages total. Your paper is due on MONDAY, March 26 and will be turned in before class with the grading rubric (posted on Moodle) stapled to the top of your paper. If you do not submit your paper on the due date, 10 points will be deducted each day it is late.
Movie List (select one):
1-Awakenings (1990). Based on a true story by neurologist Oliver Sacks, this film portrays Dr. Malcolm Sayer (Robin Williams) as a psychiatrist in charge of patients who are apparently catatonic. He achieves success, albeit temporary, via neuropharmacology aimed at increasing dopamine levels in the brain.
2- Regarding Henry (1991). Henry (Harrison Ford) is a ruthless and driven lawyer who sustains a gunshot wound to the head during an interrupted robbery. What results is amnesia as well as a significant change in his personality. The film focuses on his recovery as he comes to terms with the person he once was.
3- Legends of the Fall (1994). Tristan (Brad Pitt) falls from innocence as he embarks on a journey into the darkest secrets of love, betrayal, and the unbreakable bonds of blood. This movie portrays an evolution over a lifespan of joy, hate, compassion, and rites of passage.
4- At First Sight (1996). Val Kilmer stars as a man who has been blind since birth and has learned to relate to the world through his sense of touch. The movie illustrates his experiences following experimental surgery to restore his vision.
5- 50 First Dates (2004). A romantic comedy about young adult love in which Adam Sandler portrays a young man who falls in love with a girl (Drew Barrymore) with an unusual type of memory loss. She maintains memories throughout the day, but every night she loses those new memories and awakens the next day starting over. Sandler’s character must find new and effective methods of winning her affections every day.
6- Still Alice (2014). Alice Howland (Julianne Moore) is proud of the life she worked so hard to build. At fifty years old, she’s a cognitive psychology professor at Harvard and a world-renowned expert in linguistics with a successful husband (Alec Baldwin) and three grown children (Kristen Stewart, Kate Bosworth, and Hunter Parrish). When she becomes increasingly disoriented and forgetful, a tragic diagnosis of early onset Alzheimer’s changes her life—and her relationship with her family and the world—forever.
7-American Sniper (2015). Navy Seal sniper Chris Kyle’s pinpoint accuracy saves countless lives on the battlefield and turns him into a legend. Back home to his wife and kids after four tours of duty, however, Chris (Bradley Cooper) finds that it is the war he can’t leave behind.
Here is a checklist of what you need to do for your movie reaction paper due next Monday, March 26: (print this checklist to use while you are working on your paper)
1-view the American Psychological Association (APA) style and format Video tutorial located in the right hand corner of your class Moodle page before writing paper.
2-select a movie from the movie list starting on page 7 of the syllabus located on Moodle and watch before writing paper.
3-use at least 3 major concepts from your textbook (look at table of contents of your book) to analyze your movie character (pick 1 or 2 characters from movie to analyze).
4-use these concepts to explain why your character(s) are behaving the way they do in the movie.
5-use at least 4 peer-reviewed articles (see "What is a Peer Reviewed article" under Topic List on Moodle) to support your analysis.
6-your reference page should include your textbook and at least 4 articles to support your comments used for the analysis of the character.
8-use in-text citations in the body of your paper from your references when analyzing your character(s).
9-the body (analysis) of paper should be a minimum of 4 full pages (no more than 5 pages).
10-your total paper should include a title page, abstract page, body (analysis), and reference page (minimum of 7 pages).
staple grading rubric to top of paper to be handed in at beginning of class on due date. I will not accept a paper through email.
as stated in the syllabus, if your paper is not turned in on due date, 10 points will be deducted each day it is late.
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.