Wynton Marsalis – Full Concert – 08/13/05 – Newport Jazz Festival

Watch online Jazz concerts, and write a separate concert review paper for each concert.
The first goal of the paper is to prove that you watched an entire performance, and paid attention to details the entire time.
The second goal of the paper is to fulfill the writing requirements for a bachelor’s degree. Each student should work on their ability to communicate clearly in writing.
Do not use the “first-person” voice when writing the review.
 Write like a reporter: stating who, what, and when.
 Avoid using the word “I”.
 Instead of saying “The concert I chose to review was”, say “Herbie Hancock performed a concert at the Atlanta Jazz Festival on May 5th, 2022”
 Instead of saying “I thought the piano player was amazing”, say “The piano player amazed the audience with their incredible skill”.
 Instead of saying “I was bored the entire time”, say “The concert was not interesting”
 Your ideas are already presumed to be your own. Your ideas may communicate clearer and stronger when stated directly.
The average “A” paper has 8-12 paragraphs and includes details about the venue, each musician, and each song. Write it to be interesting to the reader: like a great blog-post or magazine article.
Here is the suggested process:
 Watch the entire video and take good notes on all of the performers, the songs performed, and what you thought about each one.
 The songs and performers will be announced at different points in the concert. You may also search the YouTube comments or the Web for needed information, but avoid using ANY copy and paste.
 Write an intro paragraph explaining which concert you choose, including date, place, name, and why you picked it.
 Write a paragraph describing the musicians as they appear in the video. Don’t just list them, and avoid any copy and paste. No biographical information is needed. Make it interesting!
 Write a paragraph for each song, describe it and what you thought of it
 Write a closing paragraph: summarize your overall impression of the concert.

 

 

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.

 

References

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.