When every pencil meant a sacrifice his parents boarded him at school in town, slaving to free him from the stony fields, the meagre acreage that bore them down.
They blushed with pride when, at his graduation, they watched him picking up the slender scroll, his passport from the years of brutal toil and lonely patience in a barren hole.
When he went in the Bank their cups ran over.
They marvelled how he wore a milk-white shirt work days and jeans on Sundays. He was saved from their thistle-strewn farm and its red dirt.
And he said nothing. Hard and serious like a young bear inside his teller's cage, his axe-hewn hands upon the paper bills aching with empty strength and throttled rage
Warren Pryor by Alden Nolah…show more content… 4. Identify the simile in stanza 4. Why is it effective?
...like a young bear inside his teller’s cage..
This simile is quite effective, as society’s perception of a teller is one of a mild-mannered man or woman, skilled with mental problems. Nolan’s placement of a wild animal, one known for its power and