On September 11, 2001 America was attacked by al- Qaeda, a terrorist group led by Osama Bin Laden a Saudi native. There was a total of four hijacked airplanes by 19 members of the al-Qaeda group. The first and second attack were on the twin towers on the World Trade Center in New York City at 8:45 am (CNN).
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The third plane hit the Pentagon just outside Washington D.C and the fourth plane hit Pennsylvania. Unfortunately, 3,000 Americans lost their lives and at the time of the attack our president was George W. Bush (History). George Saunders short story, ‘Adams’ was published in the New Yorker on August 2004, the time of the Iraqi War period. Adams is an allegory that mirrors the historical event and adds a perplexing yet interesting twist to the stories message. The main questions is whether Frank Adams’ had ill intention in hurting Roger’s children or if Roger was assuming the worse. The comparison reflects President Bush was on his guard ready to protect his country and assuming the worse from former president Saddam Hussein. President Bush had assumptions of Hussein’s actions and constantly sent our soldiers out to Iraq to fight a war that was unclear but the assumption was that Hussein was out to attack America.
Roger remains paranoid through out the entire story because of the encounter he had with Adams in his kitchen: I never could stomach Adams and then one day he’s standing in my kitchen, in his underwear. Facing in the direction of my kids’ room! (101). Roger assumes Adams has an intention to act maliciously towards his children: What if we slip up?
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