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    Rocket Boys Essay - Determination The novel Rocket Boys follows the life of a young Homer Hickam Jr. and his life as a teen in the small mining town of Coalwood, West Virginia during the Space Race era. Homer and some of his friends are fascinated by the idea of space exploration and decided to create their own rockets though their homemade organization, called the “Big Creek Missile Association”. The idea is seen as completely ludicrous at first, but the boys work hard to overcome the doubt surrounding their idea and improve their rockets. The enormous determination demonstrated by the group of boys is shown throughout the novel as the boys learn from their mistakes, search for necessary materials, and overcome doubt from others. The “Rocket Boys” build dozens of rockets throughout the novel and learn something new from each one. At first, their rockets were largely unsuccessful, but they wrote down all their observations in their “body of knowledge” and tried to figure out…

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    2. Homer's friends, the "rocket boys," were at first skeptical of Homer's interest in rockets. However, they quickly came to encourage his dream. Do we tend to encourage or discourage the dreams of our friends and peers? Why? Answer: I personally have never discouraged my friends that i remember of, but i would imagine if someone was jealous of his friend and see the progress he is making towards his goals then he might discourage him so he would feel better about himself because let's face it…

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    October Sky book by Homer Hickam was a true story about a boy growing up in a small coal-mining town. The book was first released in 1998. In this book, we have acknowledged that women in Coalwood were strong in the 1950’s, and were feminist before the term even existed. Feminism is a personal, social, political, and economical movement that shares a common goal for women’s rights. It’s been said that the term “feminist” did not take place until the 1970’s, but many women were feminist before…

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    Hmm? I have to, Mister Turner, I'd go out of my mind (October Sky).” This exchange tells us that not a lot of hope was put into the boys because no one expected them to make it as far, and do as well as they did. People in the region could look to what the group of friends, referred to as “Rocket Boys”, accomplished and see that there is more to life that just working in the mines. There are more opportunities in life if they work hard towards their goals. This holds true even to today in the…

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    Art, Ross, and Morrie have a model rocket club in which they are testing their new rocket, the Starstruck V. It fails (it EXPLODED). They get out of the makeshift house they constructed to hold the model rocket, when suddenly they see a man on the floor. He has blood on his head and there is also blood all over the place. The boys assume that a piece of the exploded rocket hit him on the head, and they call the ambulance. Suddenly, Art recognizes him as his uncle, Doctor Cargraves. Everyone is…

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    Returning to school after having been in the newspaper, the Rocket Boys discover that they are treated a bit differently. The football players are no longer the heroes, and while they have not achieved the level of hero yet, they are better off. The school curriculum has changed due to Sputnik with hours of homework every night. In addition to this, Sonny is trying to learn calculus and other math in order to be able to launch his rockets better. Miss Riley is his chemistry teacher who one day…

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    Sky High Hero Journey

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    Sky high (2005) directed by Mike Mitchell is a It has a sentimental take on the epic hero journey that follows the typical epic hero story structure. The film centers around Will Stronghold, son of the two greatest superheroes in the world, the Commander and the Jetstream. The main problem will goes through is not having powers. In the film, Will Strongfield is just an average teenage boy, but that is a problem because his parents are the greatest superheroes in the world, the Commander and…

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    Extended Metaphor Assignment Rational John Hickam, the father of the lead character Homer Hickam in the movie October Sky, possesses many personality traits and characteristics which are developed, changed, and evolved throughout the film. The three evident key traits that he seems to have which have been modified throughout the movie are his values, his personality type, and his expectations. The format that I chose to represent the values of John Hickam is a drawing, as his values are one…

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    In the novel Rocket Boys by Homer Hickam Jr. there are many themes shown throughout, such as man vs. society, family relationships as well as hopes and dreams. The most important theme to me is the way the family sticks together even through their differences. How the family relationships were portrayed through each chapter really made the book more interesting to read since everyone always had an input on something. I will be writing about the relationships Sonny has with his family and how…

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    was fascinated when he saw a rocket go into space at night and he wanted to do the same thing. He became fascinated in rockets and wanted to build them though his father told him not to. He followed what he wished for and he ended up getting the right team and all the needed parts for the rocket. He ended up winning the science fair and getting a scholarship to college so he didn't have to work in the mines. The rocket was a great success and he was famous for his rocket and what he had…

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