Rocket Boys: A Memoir Themes

Homer Hickam
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Hope

Hope is a recurrent theme in the story of Sonny and the other rocket boys.

In the beginning, none of the boys have much hope of a life outside of Coalwood. In Coalwood, West Virginia, a town that only seems to care about mining coal and high school football, boys generally grow up to become miners or join the military. When Sonny builds a rocket, and accidentally blows up his mom's backyard fence, in a blur of wooden splinters and burning debris, his father's greatest surprise is that Sonny attempted to build a rocket. He comments that his youngest son doesn't even know how to replace his bike sprocket chain when it comes off. Sonny's mother Elsie makes him aware that he is a sweet kid, drifting along, not thinking about the future. She explains that the town is dying and that he must find a way to...

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