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Have you ever had an unending drive to learn and succeed yet certain influences continually prevent such achievement This is the case for Homer Hickam and his fellow rocket boys within the film October Sky However they did finally succeed by persevering to build their rocket and win the National Science Fair Many encouragements and discouragements provide education for the boys They each learn something with each new experience while researching studying and building their rockets The different encouragements or lack there of affect how the rocket boys achieve their goal of rocket building One of the greatest impacts on a persons drive to achieve is their family and the various practices of each member For instance Homers father strongly disapproves of Homers rocket building Since Homers father is the manager of the town coal mine he believes that carrying on his work has more importance in the world than rocket building As a result Homer and his fathers beliefs always collide as to what Homer should do with his life In a figurative tug-of-war Homer desires to pursue his rockets and to win a scholarship to a college but his father continually argues with Homer to abandon his notions of rockets and work in the mines as most of the town-folk has and will continue to do Another aspect of Homers negative influence is the success of Homers brother as a football player For example Homers father does not concern himself with persuading Homers brother to work in the mines since his future is already outlined by receiving a scholarship to play football at a college This favoring of Homers brother almost causes jealousy in Homer because he also wants go to college and pursue his own dream like his brother However Homers situation changes when his father is injured at the
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