2016: FAHRENHEIT 451

For our 2016 Upper School Read, we chose Ray Bradbury’s iconic dystopian novel Fahrenheit 451; set in a time when reading is illegal and books are burned as a matter of law. Themes represented in Fahrenheit 451 center around technology and censorship.  Bradbury said to his own biographer, “Fahrenheit 451 is less about Big Brother and more about Little Sister.” It’s as much about society’s lack of interest in reading and critical thought as it is about government control. Who is to blame, us or them? Most likely both. Some critique that Bradbury flip flops in his interpretation of his own work. But maybe that’s what good literature does. It grows and changes as our world does the same.

What is the Upper School Read?

All faculty and students grades 9-12 share the common intellectual experience of reading over the summer to prepare for an engaging day during the first weeks of the new academic year. We explore the background, themes, genre, etc. through interactive sessions planned by teachers and students. Spending the day together in mixed grade levels encourages community and builds knowledge while strengthening Severn’s mission of fostering scholarship in a community where adults model these qualities. 

Contact Ms. Fuller, Upper School Head, or Ms. Carrington, Director of Library Services, if you are interested in learning more.
    • Cover of Ray Bradbury

      Cover of Ray Bradbury's boo Fahrenheit 451.

Author: Ray Bradbury

Lower School

Preschool-Grade 5
Chesapeake Campus
1185 Baltimore Annapolis Blvd
Arnold, MD 21012

Middle/Upper School

Grade 6-12
Teel Campus
Severna Park, MD 21146