Valeria Franco April 1, 2011 English 28 Zeitoun Essay
By: Dave Eggers
After September 11, 2001 I’ve had trouble finding what makes me more angry; the way the authorities handled the hurricane of Katrina or the way the Arabs were treated. I have herd countless stories related to the 9/11 attack and until today I see the way that has affected the lives of many. Through Eggers story, I was able to comprehend more about the tragedy in New Orleans and even though I thought I already knew about the aftermath that Katrina brought, Eggers grabbed my attention by introducing me to the story of a Syrian-American middle aged man named Abdulrahman Zeitoun. He was a father of four, married to an American wife Kathy and owned a successful painting and contracting firm. The story introduces their every day lives and explains Zeitoun’s passion for his work and the welfare of others like his own employees. I instantly became fond of him because not only was he a modest husband and father he was also a kind person that you’d be lucky to have as a neighbor. At first the family was a little concerned about the storm yet as soon as it began looking more serious the mother and four kids did evacuate and flee first to a crowded house of relatives and then west to Pheonix. She begs Zeitoun to come with them. He says he’s been through many bad storms before and that he’ll be fine plus he needed to take care of the house and business and through his eyes I was able to experience the hurricane’s destructive path. I felt heart-wrenched
about the way things were going because I couldn’t imagine leaving my husband behind in such a destructive place like that but I really admired Zeitoun’s courage and bravery for helping the elderly and the hungry dogs. I was humbled to see how some one with a big heart like his would go out of his way to help others by traveling the flooded streets for a week in his canoe that he was so proud to own. I was able to see how he...