[2015] Jonah Linsangan: Icarus and Daedalus

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[2015] Jonah Linsangan: Icarus and Daedalus

Icarus and Daedalus

Daedalus is imprisoned in a tower on an island with his son Icarus. They manage to escape their cells, but can not get off of the island. Daedalus, watching and observing the sea gulls and how they remain in the air, devises a plan to get him and his son off of the island.He fashions a set of wings with feathers, thread, and wax. Daedalus experiments with the set of wings and eventually learned to fly. He then works on a second set of wings for his son, and tells him to be careful. ¨Remember, never to fly very low or very high, for the fogs about the earth would weigh you down, but the blaze of the sun will surely melt your feathers apart if you go too near.¨ Icarus didn’t listen to his Daedalus' warning.When the day came, they left. They flew away, and Icarus ¨longed for one draught of flight to quench the thirst of his captivity.¨ So he flew up towards the sun, and as the air grew warmer around him, the wax connecting his feathers on his wings together melted. Icarus then fell into the ocean and drowned.The nearest island was named Icaria, in memory of Icarus. Daedalus then went to the temple of Apollo, the Greek god of music and poetry, truth and prophecy, the sun and light, healing and plague, and more, in Sicily, and offered his set of wings, and never again did he attempt to fly.

The story of Icarus and Daedalus is in the omniscient third person point of view. The third person point of view is when the story is told by a narrator who is not a character in the story. The third person point of view is omniscient if the narrator can go anywhere, see anything, and comment on all events, and has unlimited knowledge on all characters.

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Plot/Main Conflict

Main Characters

The main characters are Daedalus, a father, genius, craftsman, and architect, and Icarus, the son of Daedalus. Daedalus was the most cunning mortal in Greek mythology. He designed the Labyrinth for King Minos of Crete. The Labyrinth was ¨so cunningly tangled up and twisted around that, once inside, you could never find your way out again without a magic clue.¨ Daedalus also managed to figure out a way to escape his prison on an island with feathers, thread, and wax. He also had to bring Icarus, his son.Daedalus was the type of person who was very imaginative, cunning, caring, and intelligent. The Labyrinth he created is evidence of his imaginative ability, the fact that he wasn’t caught while creating an escape device for him and his son is evidence of his cunning, him not leaving Icarus behind in the tower and him mourning his death after they escape shows his caring, and his inventions show his intelligence.Icarus was Daedalus’s son. He was very eager and adventurous. Both his eagerness and his adventurousness is shown when he tries to fly as high as he can with the pair of wings his father Daedalus made.

Theme

The theme of Icarus and Daedalus is to always listen before you act. In this story, Icarus didn’t listen to his father Daedalus when he told him not to fly too high or too low. So, Icarus flew too high and paid for it. If he had listened before he acted, he would still be with his father and away from his imprisonment in the tower.

Mood

The mood of Icarus and Daedalus is slight and subtle in the beginning and the ending was depressing, and the overall story is sad. A man and his son are imprisoned in a tower and can't escape until the man thinks up a way to get him and his son off of the island. When he does come up with a way, and they escape the island, his son, being reckless, falls into the ocean and drowns. The father named the nearest island after his son, and offered his escape device in a temple.


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