Along the way to achieving their dream, what people help them to success and how?

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Noelle Thompson | High School Teacher | eNotes Employee

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Oh, Homer's dream is quite grand, isn't it! There are many people who help along the way, most notably friends and teachers.

Homer is the one who desires to build the rocket first, but if it weren't for the help of Quentin Wilson, it probably never would have happened. He is the class nerd, but he sure knows a lot about science and helps Homer with the research. Roy and Sherman (Homer's friends) help to a lesser extent, but the teacher Miss Riley is of the utmost support, giving them a rocket science book that helps them figure out the trajectory of rockets. We also can't forget Ike Bykovsky who was a shop worker who was IMPERATIVE in giving the boys the supplies for their rocketry. (It is Ike's death in the mine that disillusions many of the boys and especially Homer.)  Even the principal, Mr. Turner, helps the boys by proving that the fire is NOT caused by the boys' rockets, but by a flare from the corresponding airfield! It is John and Mr. Bolden that use the shop to repair a nozzle stolen at the state science fair and help Homer (and friends) win! The boys name their highest rocket after Miss Riley who dies from cancer.

In conclusion, I should say that there is an irony that the mine that has trapped the boys in a life of despair is also the vehicle that allows them to succeed. Without the machinery in the mine shop, the rockets never would have soared! 

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