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At the beginning of Part Two, "The Sieve and the Sand," Montag is riding the subway on his way to Faber's house and attempting to read and remember the Bible. While he is on the subway, an advertisement for Denham's Dentifrice toothpaste is blaring through the train's speakers. Montag is...

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At the beginning of Part Two, "The Sieve and the Sand," Montag is riding the subway on his way to Faber's house and attempting to read and remember the Bible. While he is on the subway, an advertisement for Denham's Dentifrice toothpaste is blaring through the train's speakers. Montag is attempting to remember the verse Matthew 6:28 and keeps getting interrupted by the loud commercial. Montag grips the book tighter and tries his best to focus. He begins to yell, "Shut up, shut up, shut up!" aloud and the other passengers look shocked. (Bradbury 75). Montag is completely annoyed with the commercial and cannot keep it out of his head long enough to remember the verse. Montag associates his inability to focus and retain information to a memory he had as a child when his cousin tricked him into trying to fill a sieve with sand. The sand symbolizes the information Montag hopes to retain, and the sieve represents his memory.

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