Fahrenheit 451

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“Shut up, shut up, shut up!” It was a plea, a cry so terrible that Montag
found himself on his feet, the shocked inhabitants of the loud car staring,
moving back from this man with the insane, gorged face, the gibbering, dry
mouth, the flapping book in his fist. The people who had been sitting a
moment before, tapping their feet to the rhythm of Denham’s Dentrifice,
Denham’s Dandy Dental Dertergent, Denham’s Dentrifice, Denham’s
Dentrifice Denham’s Dentrifice, one two, one two three, one two, one two
three. The people whose mouths had been faintly twitching the words
Dentrifice Dentrifirice Dentrifrice. The train radio vomited upon Montag, in
retaliation, a great tonload of music made of tin, copper, silver, chromium,
and brass. The people pounded into submission; they did not run, there
was no place to run; the great air train fell down its shaft in the earth.

Questions :
1. What is happening in this passage?
2. What is meant by “the train radio vomited upon Montag”?
3. What is meant by “the people pounded into submission”?
4. Why is this passage significant in describing the society Montag lives within?

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1) Montag is traveling on the subway, holding the Bible (which was illegal in his hand). Music for a commercial was blaring in the background, leaving him unable to absorb the words of the book he believed he'd soon have to turn over to Beatty. Montag was desperate to memorize all that he could, but the background noise wouldn't allow him remember anything.

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