The most basic problem being that the place where the fire started was ten miles from the boys' rocket launching location. One of the main conflicts of October Sky is Homer and his friends learning how to build and work rockets. He does win though, despite the fact that the local strike has began and the machinists helping him have to cross the picket line to do so. Bykovski that he begins to move beyond it. Bykovski; In this chapter we notice more of a conflict between Sonny and his father. He is quite odd but yet extremely intelligent.
With the town's support, Homer wins the top prize and is bombarded with scholarship offers from colleges. Homer and his friends have just launched his mom's garden fence into the air and set it on fire. Even though the rocket fails, he still leaves an impression on his mother. The mixture was not packed tight enough, leaving air pockets and the rockets exploded. In Chapter 2 - Sputnik; We learn what triggered Sonny's need for rocket making. Later on, the Russians send the first animal into space, a dog named Laika, in another satellite called Sputnik 2. Bykovski about Werner von Braun.
It is in part because of this that Sonny is late and must get a ride to school with Jake. Reciprocally, Homer stimulates Quentin's dream, otherwise Quentin still keep reading books but does not apply any of his knowledge. Homer decides to use the powder from cherry bombs as his fuel. This means that Sonny's brother is not going to be able to get a football scholarship and will have to find another way to go to college. His chemistry teacher has gotten him a book which can show them more about how to build a rocket.
This doesn't stop him though. Entrepreneurship is a career path that doesn't always prove to be an instant success. Meanwhile, the workers' union goes on strike against John. He also reads that Sputnik will pass over West Virginia soon, low enough that people will be able to see it at night. Yet more importantly, Sonny is beginning to believe that through hard work he can achieve anything.
Emily Sue comes over and takes him to Welch to buy a suit. Sonny's father demands that he quit making rockets, but Sonny disobeys him and even goes behind his back to achieve his dream. After a serious talk on how his dad would not like it Mr. Sonny had to have stitches and they made a lot of money selling the piping. Bykovski decides to help Sonny, he works for Homer Sr. Homer decides to quit school, quits making rockets and go into the coal mine.
Mining coal also isolates many of the characters from each other. So they resort to borrowing as much money as needed from Jake, and in return they will wax his car. It was all you could hear about on the radio, of course Sonny's dad wasn't much into it because of the fact he resented the Russians and Communists. They go out to dig out metal pipes from the ground for scrap metal. I approve the council's resolution. Director Joe Johnston expressed that he felt that the looks of the mine in the film gave it an evil look, like the mine was the villain in the film. In the case of the movie, the main setting was in the remote town of Coalwood, West Virginia.
John, who never attended any of the launchings, attends and is given the honor of pushing the launch button. The Rocket Boys, as they were known, were determined to build this rocket and did not easily give up despite the numerous failed attempts. Chapter 1 October Sky opens with the narrator, Homer, explaining that he was fourteen when he started building rockets in his hometown of Coalwood, West Virginia. This is the first moment of the Rocket Boys and the bigger ideas begin to really intersect as he is given a chance to ask him a question. Entrepreneurship is a field that involves determination, passion, vision, and the power to succeed. Now the gang must learn to perfect their craft and overcome the many problems facing them as they shoot for the stars.
They were all passionate about their work and took it very seriously. Students Will Review: This chapter summarizes the material students need to know about the chapters from October Sky for a standard literature course. Homer makes an urgent phone call home for help. With that event, Homer becomes inspired to learn how to build rockets. Sonny showed his father the book he was using and his father was upset that Sonny took the book without asking. Finally, everyone else comes out alive, but his father has been injured and will likely lose his eye.