Syllabus Reflection

For this syllabus assignment I chose one of the very first books we read in Dr. Gibson’s class, Fahrenheit 451. Fahrenheit 451 is a dystopian novel where books are banned and their “firemen” are not any normal firemen that we are used to. The firemen in Fahrenheit 451 do not put out fires, they start them by going to people’s houses and burning their book collections. My Fahrenheit 451 syllabus is constructed first by listing three similar dystopian novels to Fahrenheit 451, four pop culture items that can be related to Fahrenheit 451, two scholarly articles, three websites, as well as ten credible online sources. My three similar dystopian novels I have listed are, 1984 by George Orwell, Divergent by Veronica Roth, and Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins. All of these novels depict some sort of dystopian society in one form or another. The pop culture items that can be related to Fahrenheit 451 are, The Wall by Pink Floyd, The Matrix by Lana Wachowski, The Simpsons Time and Punishment episode, and the song “Team” by Lorde. These movies, tv episodes and songs all relate to the idea of dystopian society whether it be through the plot of the movie or tv show, or the music video of the song. My scholarly articles that I chose were found on Google Scholar, my websites as well as my credible online sources were picked off of Google. I have chosen all of these sources based off of the relativity to Fahrenheit 451 and also the idea of dystopian societies. After interacting with these sources, I hope for my audience take away a deep understanding of what a dystopian society is, the types of dystopian controls, a list of some dystopian societies could possibly happen within the next five years, and some of the more recent books and movies that exhibit dystopian fiction. I also hope for the audience to understand and learn the reasons for the banning of books, how the banning of books marginalizes children, the difference between banning books and challenging books, who specifically challenges the books, and the censorship of books by schools and public libraries. My personal belief is books should not be banned. Books are useful for educational purposes and can teach vital lessons to everyday life. Many of the great books like The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, The Catcher in the Rye, and The Great Gatsby are banned in certain states and schools. These books that are banned actually have a certain week picked out of the year to take notice to the books and the banning of them. This past year it was September 25- October 1. With the help of my syllabus going into great depth on Fahrenheit 451, the banning of books, and the idea of dystopian societies I hope the audience will further understand the importance of not banning books as well as how books are of importance to us. I also have hope the audience will understand what a dystopian society is and how they can recognize it in modern day pop culture items.