Why might this be significant?
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In almost every chapter, Eggers takes care to mention Zeitoun's visits to his neighbor's homes to feed their dogs. His empathy for animals contrasts starkly with the brutality that the prison guards demonstrate toward humans. It also relates to the fact that Zeitoun is dehumanized during his time in prison. Eggers suggests that even if a person has lost their dignity--whether by committing crimes or by being mistreated by others--they still deserve to be treated compassionately.