In the Wake Of: "In the wake of. I don't even speak the language. In glances and glares. My son, you are Arab, be proud of it, my Dad would say. I awaken, avoid pulling up beside flagged trucks. Of ire I sing, mirror. Who turns to see me, the invisible now visible."
The figure of speech used in this quote is a metaphor when he described himself as invisible and then as visible. He is calling himself this because he used to be an ordinary
Arab man who is know seen as an ethnicity responsible for the infamous attack on the Twin Towers in 2001.
NBC News posted an article called "Hope and Despair: Being Muslim in America After 9/11" which talks about how Muslims in America are seen as unfaithful to America because of their religion. It is an incredibly unfair stereotype to place on Muslims because the ones responsible for the infamous attacks on the World Trade Center were Islamic Extremists. Hope and Despair
This quote from the "In the Wake Of" describes what life must have been like for Arab Americans in the wake of 9/11. They used to be just like all other Americans but after these infamous events they became the face of the enemy. They feel the glares and the uncertain glances given to them from strangers. I chose to put this quote in the theme Suffering because the speaker is suffering in this life. He cannot be proud of who he is in his own country and feels left on the outside because of his ethnicity.