Zeitoun by Dave Eggers
"Hope is the dream of a waking man." This quote by Aristotle helps me understand what hope truly is. Hope is like a dream while we are awake. We are hoping for something that isn't reality, yet. Sometimes our hopes become reality and sometimes they do not. Hope is essential to life for without hope, what will inspire us to do something with our lives? In the book Zeitoun by Dave Eggers, hope is a recurring theme.
We Must Have Hope
There is hope throughout the entire story of Zeitoun and an example can be found in each section. In section I, Kathy hopes that her husband, Abdulrahman, will accompany his family to vacations in Florida. Sometimes her hopes came true and sometimes her husband decided to stay back to keep their business running. Then, Kathy hoped that Abdulrahman would evacuate with the family to her family home in Baton Rouge due to the oncoming hurricane named Katrina. This set the stage for the entire story to unfold since Abdulrahman chose once again to stay back in New Orleans to tend to their business and watch over their home.
In Section II, Abdulrahman weathered Hurricane Katrina and used his canoe in hopes that he could help people and animals. He canoed around New Orleans for miles to feed dogs, check on his and his friends' properties, and pass out water to people who needed it. If someone needed help, he would try to get help. One lady was stuck in her house but was too large to fit in the canoe so he flagged down a small fishing boat to help her. The hope that he could make a difference and provide help to those that needed it, gave him the strength to survive the horrible conditions after the storm.