The title refers to Montag’s childhood memory of trying to fill a sieve with sand. … To Montag, the sand represents the knowledge that he seeks—something of material importance—and the sieve represents his mind trying to grasp and retain this knowledge.
Moreover, what does the sieve and the sand symbolize?
“The Sieve and the Sand”
Simply put, the sand is a symbol of the tangible truth Montag seeks, and the sieve the human mind seeking a truth that remains elusive and, the metaphor suggests, impossible to grasp in any permanent way.
Similarly, what happens at the end of the sieve and the sand?
At the end of part two of “The Sieve and the Sand,” in Ray Bradbury’s Fahrenheit 451, the fire company truck stops in front of Montag’s house. … Whereas Montag has been wondering how he will be able to stop act entirely mad, Beatty seems to be something of a lunatic himself. “Here we go!”
What happens to Montag’s city?
Once he’s deep in the country, Montag meets a band of roving intellectuals who have elected to preserve significant works of literature in their memory. Soon after these men welcome Montag into their community, an atomic bomb falls on the city, reducing it to rubble and ash.
What is ironic about Beatty saying “the sheep returns to the fold”? “The Sheep returns to the fold” means that Montag would eventually come back to the side of the firemen. This quote is ironic, because Beatty knows that Montag is no longer on the side of the firemen.
The main theme of the Sieve and the Sand is ignorance. This is apparent through Mildred’s attitude and actions throughout the whole section. Her refusal of books displays the book’s society as a whole. Their decisions to rely on more modern forms of media rather than books is the main basis for the story.
In this new life, Montag has the three things that Faber told him were required for a full life: exposure to nature and the world of books, leisure to think, and freedom to act. When Montag sees the enemy bombers, his thoughts turn to the people he has lost: Clarisse, Faber, and Mildred.
Why does Faber ask Montag if he has any money? He needs money to print books. … For books to come back.
After Mildred almost kills herself by taking too many sleeping pills, Montag starts to worry about her. He thinks that one of her problems is that she doesn’t care about anyone or anything — that she has no emotion left in her life. To drive home that point, he asks her her family loves her.
Montag remembers the memory of trying to fill a sieve with sand because it was a hopeless task, just as memorizing the books seems to be. A sieve is a bowl with tiny holes. It is used to sort larger sediment from smaller, less valuable pieces. Montag has become disenchanted with his society.
He is memorizing random phrases on the subway, hoping to retain some as “some of the sand will stay in the sieve.” He latches onto “consider the lilies” from Matthew 6:28, part of the Sermon on the Mount, and repeats the fragment, to drown out Denham’s Dentifrice.
The title of this chapter comes from a memory that Montag relates to his reading of the Bible. The memory is about a time when he played on the beach when he was younger. He would attempt to fill a sieve, or a strainer, with sand because a cousin had promised him a dime as a reward if he could.
Chapter 1 of Fahrenheit 451 is aptly named because both the hearth and the salamander have to do with fire, something that is ever-present in the life of novel’s protagonist, Guy Montag. Instead of putting out fires, his job is to create them by burning books. …