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Transcript of October Sky
"Until I began to build and launch rockets, I didn't know my hometown was at war with itself over its children and that my parents were locked in a kind of bloodless combat over how my brother and I would live our lives (1)."
"Coalwood, West Virginia, where I grew up, was built for the purpose of extracting the millions of tons of rich bituminous coal that lay neneath it (1)." Characters The protagonist is Homer Hickam Jr. He is the main character, and he is trying to succeed in his goal of building and launching rockets. The antagonist is partly Homer Hickam Sr. because he wants his son to work in the coal mine and not build and launch rockets. Also, some people in the town are the antagonists because they want the Rocket Boys to stop launching their rockets. More Characters Figurative Language There are many scenes in this book that can be seen in the reader's mind. The author uses adjectives to enhance his writing and to make it more descriptive. For example, on page 204, Homer Hickam wrote: "As we neared the surface, the cold, fresh air fof the mountain blew down on the shaft, giving me a shiver. The earth's surface slipped past and there, standing at the gate still in her church clothes, was my mother. A rock-dust crew stood nearby, their eyes locked on her. They shifted their gaze to Dad and me. Mom stared at what I knew must be my grimy face, my coal-mascaraed eyes, and my blackened coveralls. Then, to my utter astonishment, she burst into tears. The rock-dust crew took a step backward. Some of them took off their helmets, rubbing their heads and looking down at their feet as if embarrassed to be witnesses to her tears...." Another example of imagery can be found on page 45: "Wooden splinters whistled past my ears. Big chunks of the fence arced into the sky. Burning debris fell with a clatter. A thumderous echo rumbled back from the surrounding hollows. Dogs up and down the valley barked and house lights came on, one by one. People came out and huddled on their front porches...." A third example of imagery is on page 286. It says, "The night dragged on, the rain ending and the clouds scudding away and the stars blinking on, one by one, looking cold and distant. A breeze rstled the budding trees above us on the mountainside, but, like everybody else, my focus was entirely on the silent tipple and the frozen winch wheel on the man-hoise. It seemed as if the shaft sighed every time steam rose from it, as if emoting a whisper of anticipation...." More Figurative Language The author uses foreshadowing the book. One example of foreshadowing is when Sputnik flew over Coalwood, West Virginia, and Homer Hickam Jr. was so amazed by Sputnik that he just stood there for an hour. This forshadows that Homer Hickam Jr. will have an interest in rockets, since he was so fascinated with Sputnik. Another example of foreshadowing in the book is when Homer Hickam Jr. and his friends win first place at the science fair. This foreshadows that Homer Hickam Sr. will approve of rocket building because all throughout the book, he ddin't want his son to build and launch rockets because he thought that it was a waste of time, and that his son wouldn't get anywhere with it. But now that Homer Hickam Jr. won at the science fair, his dad might be more supportive of his dream. The End October Sky Prezi By Cynthia Wu P4