Daedalus and Icarus Plot Diagram

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  • Exposition
  • Build my labyrinth as I told you. I pay you to build, not to ask questions.
  • Rising Action
  • Rising Action
  • How can anybody escape from an island? Fly?
  • King Minos summoned the famous inventor, Daedalus, and his son, Icarus. He wanted them to build him a palace with soaring towers, a high curving roof, and a twisting maze in the cellar which no one could find their way out.
  • Climax
  • Get up, Icarus, and don't make a sound. We are leaving Crete.
  • To Daedalus's and Icarus's horror, they find out King Minos put a creature that was half man and half beast at the center of the maze. He fed it men and women!
  • Falling Action
  • WHAT HAVE WE BUILT?!
  • I can fly just as high as you! Higher, even!
  • Since Daedalus and Icarus were the only men who knew the secret of the maze and how to escape from it, King Minos would not let them leave the island of Crete. They were to remain prisoners until they died.
  • Resolution
  • But to work for such a wicked man, Icarus! And to be prisoners all our days! We shan't stay. We shan't!
  • Daedalus enjoyed feeding the birds on the windowsill. Over the next year, he asked each bird he fed to give him one feather. He was able to make four great wings of feathers. He sewed them together with strands of wool from his blanket.
  • But how? It's impossible!
  • Icarus did not take heed of Daedalus's warning. He thought he was making history and would be famous. But the wax Daedalus used to keep the wings attached, started to melt. The wings became unstuck!
  • Above all, don't fly too high! Don't fly too close to the sun!
  • Proud Icarus plunged downward. The clouds did not stop him and the sea gulls did not catch him. He sank head first into the sea and died instantly.
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