American Dream

2193 words 9 pages
John Botros
Why Zeitoun's Story should be told There are many stories out there that one tends to hear about horrific tragedies that have occurred over the years, and one of the most devastating events that had happened was Hurricane Katrina. Dave Egger’s Zeitoun details the events and struggles of one man and his family, Abdurrahman Zeitoun during this devastation. In a time where everyone was panicking and rushing to find ways and areas where they can evacuate and stay safe from the storm, Zeitoun had remained constant about staying behind in order to protect those who remained and needed help. Regardless of how this impending doom was, he had chosen to remain because he knew there were people that would
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Ultimately, Phillip Bullard was able to guide his family to safety much like Zeitoun had done when he had saved that old woman in the novel. Regardless of the impending obstacles before them, they had both been able to come up with solutions to guide individuals to safety, while risking their own lives in the process, because they had both cared about the well-being of others. Both Zeitoun and Bullard were people who wanted to help others in any way they can, and they showed that thoroughly by rescuing individuals who needed help during a time of need, even when the odds had seemed impossible at the time.
In addition to committing heroic actions that had saved lives, Zeitoun also showcases his caring actions when he wanted to make sure that everyone and anything remaining in his community had all the necessary supplies that they needed in order to survive and ride out this dastardly storm. So, in order to aid others in need, he had gone scouting around looking for supplies and packed up anything he can find ranging from, “bottled water, mre’s, canned food and all kinds of items” (Eggers 200). After finding the supplies, Zeitoun would then travel around and give anyone or anything whatever they had


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