Corruption In Dave Eggsers's Zeitoun By Dave Eggers

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Award-winning American author, Dave Eggers, informs in his nonfiction work,”Zeitoun”, the hardships of Syrian man Abdulrahman Zeitoun after the tragic events of 2005’s Hurricane Katrina. Eggers describes the story with an anticipating tone to readers who desire to read a personal first-hand experience of Hurricane Katrina. The theme of corruption can been seen through the middle of the book, as it shows the government being irresponsible and unjust at the time after the storm. Soldiers and officers who were in New Orleans didn’t assist civilians which forced them to helped one another during the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. Zeitoun helped as many citizens as he could, and at times asked for the officers’ support, but to no avail. Eggers …show more content…
Despite telling the police countless times about injured or helpless people, they decide to completely ignore Zeitoun’s requests and consider him as a nuisance to their job, telling him whatever he wants to hear to make him leave from their sights. This quote appeals to pathos as Eggers and Zeitoun convince the audience that the police force doesn’t care about the people in New Orleans. Another occurrence of Zeitoun helping an injured person without police help was when he and his neighbor Frank were helping a diabetic old lady and saw an incoming fan boat, which Eggers describes the situation as,“... it was a fan boat, also with four military personnel aboard, and again Zeitoun and Frank waved and called for help. Again the fan boat swung around them and continued without a word” (Eggers 101). Zeitoun and Frank waited several minutes for help as they …show more content…
During being processed in Greyhound, Zeitoun realized that there wasn’t anyone on his side, “Most municipal systems were not functioning… The police and soldiers in the room were too worked up…” (Eggers 215). The only people in the Greyhound other than captives were sadistic police who were keeping an eye out for Zeitoun, Nasser, and Todd since they were considered “members of the al-Qaeda”, which caused them to be worked up, Additionally, once Kathy found about Zeitoun’s whereabouts, she decided to contact a close-friend who happened to be a lawyer, who did what he could to get the case settled, “The hearing had been canceled. There was no explanation why” (Eggers 283). This part of the book made Kathy enraged and devastated, since it displays how the organization FEMA didn’t care to bring Zeitoun justice. The fact that they had no explanation proves that didn’t even look into his case properly. It took weeks of determination and persistence to finally get Zeitoun his freedom back. However FEMA did continue to be a lousy, corrupted organization since the American government still hasn’t gotten a hold of their misdeeds. In general, the government corruption was due to mostly the organization FEMA. The first problem was that the government barely kept FEMA in shape, leading to their corruption. The government

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