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Choose either, “The Hearth and the Salamander” or “The Sieve and the Sand,” and...

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janina437 | Student, Grade 9 | eNoter

Posted August 19, 2011 at 1:55 AM via web

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Choose either, “The Hearth and the Salamander” or “The Sieve and the Sand,” and please explain what either of the titles mean.

i never understood what the titles meant, please help?

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npoore84 | Middle School Teacher | Valedictorian

Posted December 12, 2012 at 6:16 PM (Answer #1)

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The author chose the title “The Sieve and the Sand” because of the first reason Faber gives: the quality of books. He gives the example that “This book has pores” referring to what‟s underneath the words. It also symbolises society in the sense that everyone follows. Most people in this society refuse to acknowledge truth and only focus on what is making them happy. No one will read books anymore and they have been banned in their society. When Faber talks about the pores of the books, he is referring to a deeper meaning instead of a surface meaning. Montag is searching for the real truth: what the books represent and what they really mean. 

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