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October Sky: Homer Hickam

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Transcript of October Sky: Homer Hickam

Plot Exposition Rising Action Rising Action Rising Action Climax Faling Action Falling Action Resolution Begins with a rough summary of what
happens later; there is a short description
of Homer, his past, and his family. Sputnik is launched by the Russians, and
Homer Hickam is inspired to send rockets
into outer space. Homer finds some resources, and builds his
first rocket, ultimately failing and burning his
mother's fence. Homer meet Quenten, and forms the
Big Creek Missle Agency, or the BCMA.
It composes of 5 people, all friends of
Homer. Together, they find and buy
resources, and build more rockets. Homer's mother and father "engage"
in a battle to determine Homer's future. Homer and his group creates more
rockets, each reaching higher altitudes,
with some failures that were corrected later.
Miss Riley gives Homer the book titled
"Principles of Guided Missile Design,"
beginning the real part of building rockets,
achieving heights over a mile. Homer decides to enter the Science Fair, shortly after he is given the book. A terrible accident occurs in the mines,
killing many. Homer Hickam temporarily
turns his back on rocketry. This is the
most emotional event for the main
character because many people were
harmed, including his father. October Sky: An Autobiographical Novel
Written by Homer Hickam After being convinced and inspired by a number
of people, Homer begins to focus on his rockets,
perfecting his presentation for the Science Fair.
In the end, he wins it. This is probably the highest
point of suspense. Homer eventually moves out of Coalwood,
and goes to college. The future of his other
friends are also at a college or in the
army. Homer decides to launch the last of his
rockets with the BCMA, as a celebration
in memory of his rockets. After an impressive day of rocket firing,
Homer allows his dad to fire his final and
best rocket ever. The last chapter ends with,
"Dad, nobody ever fired a rocket better than
you." A summary of Homer Hickam's life as an adult.
He becomes a worker for NASA. Today, he is a
retired astronaut. Homer's father finally accepts him for
the person he is, despite the fact that
he defied his father every time, yet
used his supplies. Conflict The main conflict is that Homer needs
to build the ideal rocket to win the
science fair. The other major conflict
is the conflict between Homer and his
father, where his father wants his son
to work at the mines, against Homer's
dream of rocketry. Setting The setting is in a small town called Coalwood, located in West Virginia. The area has a large amount of coal, so many miners live there. This influences Homer's rocketry because at first, many people looked down on him, because he was supposed to b a miner. Also, many rocket-building materials can be found there, such as steel. aluminum, and chemicals used as fuel. Theme I believe that the author is trying to say that taking
pride in something others consider outrageous can
be life-changing, especialy if one is faced with lots
of bias. An example of this is the summary of the novel,
located on the back of the book. "...Homer feel in with a group of misfits who learned not only how to turn scraps of metal into sophisticated rockets but how to sustain their hope in a town that swallowed its men alive. As the boys began to light up the tarry skies with their flaming projectiles and dreams of glory, Coalwood, and the Hickams, would never be the same." Characters There are many interesting characters in October Sky. Homer's father can be considered a flat character for most of the story.
He is always hard working, and he is constantly going
to the mines for one reason or another. He is also arrogant, and is intent on turning Homer into an engineer at the mines.
Although he has a variety of emotions, those emotions never change until the end of the story, where Homer's father finally realizes his son's
talent. Homer is definitely a round character. He is also the protagonist of the story. Homer's emotions change throughout the story. Near the beginning he is focused on rocketry, fascinated by it, but he hardly looks at it with a trial-and-error perspective. After meeting Quenten, his way of looking at rocketry changes. Instead of just watching a rocket fly, he finds out what was flawed and how it could be made better. Also, when an accident occurs in the mine, Homer turns his back on his very own passion that makes him special. Point of View The story is told through a first person perspective, through
the whole story. An example can be shown in the first paragraph of the book. "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. I didn't know that if a girl broke your heart, another girl, virtuous at least in spirit, could mend it on the same night. And I didn't know that the enthalpy decrease in a convergging passage could be transformed into jet kinetic energy if a divergent passage was added. The other boys discovered their own truths when we built our rockets, but those were mine." Note the many I's, indicating first person. This is also a form of figurative language: Foreshadowing.
After reading the whole novel, one realizes that that is exactly what happened. The first paragraph is essentially a summary of the whole book, but it doesn't reveal a whole lot. The End
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