October Sky

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October Sky

Marion Eady

The film October Sky (1999), directed by Joe Johnson is based on a true story of Homer Hickman ( a coal miners son) who is inspired to build a rocket after the Russian launch of the first artificial satellite (Sputnik) into orbit. The film definitely focuses on the course theme of being a social outcast. This is explored in the film through three people, John Hickman (Homers Father), the town of Coalwood and Mr.Turner (Homers principle). Firstly, John Hickman, father of Homer Hickman and a coal miner at the Coalwood mines in West Virginia, socially outcasts his son. Why? Because John doesn’t agree with his son building a rocket. This is explored through Homers father getting in multiple fights with his
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When Homer wins the school science fair and then gets to go to the National Science Fair the town of Coalwood was so happy for them. The town of Coalwood was never supportive of Homer and the boys and that is why they socially out casted Homer and his friends.
Thirdly, Homers principle out casted Homer. Now you may ask, how could a principle socially outcast their own student. Mr. Turner (Homers principle) socially out casted Homer by not allowing him to do what he loved. Homer wanted to make a rocket to get a scholarship but the principle made it so hard on homer. He had Homer arrested because he thought that Homer started a fire, he didn’t allow the boys to work on their rocket at school or make the stuff for the rocket so that it can fly. It seemed like Mr.Turner didn’t want one of his own students to succeed. But with the help from Mrs. Riley she helped Homer and his friends succeed and she fought against the principle. Mr.Turner never really stopped socially out casting Homer and his friends. It really shows how a principle can really put a big impact on one of their students
In conclusion, the film October Sky touches on Homer Hickman’s determination to successfully build and launch his own rocket despite being isolated by his family, friends, schoolmates, school officials and community. This is shown through John Hickman (Homers father), the town of Coalwood and Mr. Turner

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