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The book Zeitoun by Dave Eggers focuses around the accounts of Abdulrahman and Kathy Zeitoun during Hurricane Katrina. Since this book focuses on mainly one family’s story it can go into great detail and get very personal. You could also say that you feel very engaged with the characters. Zeitoun did cover a lot of the issues during hurricane Katrina but it failed to address all of them. Many men in National Guard uniforms showed up at one of Zeitoun’s properties with guns ready to fire at him and his friends. The guards tackled them to the ground, bound with plastic ties, and treated very forcefully. Then they were taken to a white van and then to jail. They were not told why this was happening to them. This scene really does a good job of showing the view America had on Muslim people. Zeitoun wasn’t the only one that had his rights taken away during this natural disaster due to his religion or race. An issue that the book didn’t cover was the diseases associated with this storm. Zeitoun experienced an infection in his foot from a splinter. There were lots of other medical conditions that weren’t really addressed in the book such as cholera, dysentery, or typhoid fever. The book doesn’t give a full idea of all the problems from the storm because it was just about the family’s experience. I think Zeitoun had flashbacks from his past in Syria, his upbringing, and his family relationships for a couple reasons. The flashbacks to me seems like the character is trying to give more information about his/her past. I also think the flashbacks are ways the characters are using it as a comfort to escape the pressure they are facing. In the beginning of the book it describes fishing in his home town. It talks about the process of catching the fish and how Abdulrahman and Ahmad brought home the money for their family. I think that in this example its showing how it was back in his hometown. Kathy goes to a flash back when she was overwhelmed with what she was seeing online...
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