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NOKOUDY - Nokoudy 1 Yasser Nokoudy Instructor Lemon English...

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Nokoudy 1 Yasser Nokoudy Instructor Lemon English 1 December 6, 2011 Power of Community and Family The book “Zeitoun”, written by Dave Eggers is a description of the events surrounding Hurricane Katrina, and how it altered the lives of certain people. His book takes the point of view of the Zeitouns, who are one of the many in New Orleans. Occupants whose lives were af- fected by the hurricane. The author shows how close Abdulrahman Zeitoun (the focus of the story) is with his family and how this relates to the love he has for his community. . Dave Eggers also portrays how the tragedy of hurricane Katrina, really caused family ties to strengthen and deteriorate. It is also seen how communities came together or fell apart. The author does not dir- ectly argue a case or a social comment in the topic of family and community, but depicts how crucial they can be in times of difficulty through the example of the Zeitouns and the other in- habitants of New Orleans. Abdulrahman Zeitoun is a man who was born in Syria and migrated to New Orleans to settle. He runs a successful construction company and is well known around the city of New Or- leans. From the very beginning of the story the author begins to reveal to the readers Zeitoun’s character and the importance of family to him. In the beginning of the book, Eggers uses the fishing trips Zeitoun was a part of as an example of his love for his family. Zeitoun would go fishing and catch many fish for his family and not collect a dime from the task. Although he
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Nokoudy 2 genuinely had a love for the sea and adventure, most of his ambition was driven by love for his family and the need to care for them. In his household, family was put first over everything. I be-
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