He is on his own, literally, since there can be only one name on the science fair signup. At many points in the novel, Homer will be accused of disrupting the stability of life in Coalwood. Eventually he turned to science fiction writers like Arthur C. Coalwood An introduction to the town of Coalwood, this chapter begins by explaining that the town of Coalwood was at war with itself.
He takes his job very seriously, going out of his way to help miners in distress. Yet more importantly, Sonny is beginning to believe that through hard work he can achieve anything. While their first launches are failures, they begin experimenting with new fuels and rocket designs.
By the end of this chapter, it has begun to focus on the Hickam family as well as beginning to show some of the cracks. In a rare display of emotion, he tells Roy Lee that Roy's father was one of the best men who ever worked for him. This brings out Jake, but also a few other people including a small town newspaper reporter.
A launch of their largest rocket yet called the Miss Riley is the last scene of the film. Finally, at the end of this chapter, the Americans attempt their first spaceship launch.
He is a star athlete, which leads to him having several conflicts with "Sonny" over how Homer seems to favor Jim over "Sonny". John finally shows up for a launch, and is given the honor of pushing the firing button. Later, Homer is inspired to look at a rocket science book Miss Riley gave him, and learns how to calculate the trajectory of a rocket.
Active Themes At dinner one night, Homer listens to his parents talk about the history of Coalwood his brother, Jim, would usually ignore these stories. Sonny sees it as a no-lose situation.
Shortly thereafter, Elsie married Homer Sr. He is almost always at odds with the union leader, John Dubonnet, who dated Elsie when they were all in high school together. When it appears that Jim will receive a football scholarship to attend college, this leaves Homer to fulfill his father's dream, although his mother, Elsie Natalie Canerdayhopes for more for her son.
Later, Homer is inspired to look at a rocket science book Miss Riley gave him, and learns how to calculate the trajectory of a rocket.Homer Hickam's memoir, 'October Sky,' tells the story of how he got started building rockets with his friends in the late s.
This lesson will go through a summary and some analysis of that story.
The father of Homer Hickam Jr., Homer Hickam Sr. is a strong, stoic employee of the mining company, the institution that dominates life in Coalwood. Homer Sr. is devoted to Coalwood’s mine: he works long hours there, going far above and beyond the requirements of his job, and even continues working there when the doctors diagnose a deadly “black spot” in his lungs.
Chapter Summaries for "October Sky" written by: Elton Gahr • edited by: Elizabeth Stannard Gromisch • updated: 3/23/ "October Sky," also called "Rocket Boys," is an important book covering the beginnings of the space race as.
These chapter summaries of "October Sky" will cover each chapter separately, making it easy to locate specific major events in the story, and establishing a timeline by which to locate smaller events as well.
Chapter-by-Chapter Summaries of “October Sky” (Rocket Boys) by Homer Hickam. Literature Study Guides and Chapter Summaries / By. Homer Hickam Jr. ’s friend, and the treasurer of the BCMA, O’Dell is an intelligent young man.
He’s often responsible for obtaining materials for the BCMA’s rocket designs, and while his schemes often fail, he’s responsible for many important rocket supplies. Ultimately, O’Dell becomes a farmer. Homer Hickam's memoir, 'October Sky,' tells the story of how he got started building rockets with his friends in the late s.
This lesson will go through a summary and some analysis of that story.Download