Student Activities for Icarus and Daedalus
Essential Questions for “Icarus and Daedalus”
- What is Icarus’ tragic flaw?
- What characteristics typical of Greek myths does this story contain?
- What is the symbolic meaning of “flying too high”?
- What is the lesson of the myth?
- What role does Daedalus play in Icarus’ tragedy? Does he bear any responsibility for Icarus’ fate?
Short Summary of “Icarus and Daedalus”
The story of Icarus and Daedalus has been revisited in many forms throughout the centuries. The Greeks tell the story in Apollodorus’ Bibliotheca. The Roman version appears in Ovid’s Metamorphoses. More recent tellings of the story include artistic interpretations and poetic explorations of the myth’s themes. In some versions of the myth, Daedalus and his son are imprisoned inside the labyrinth of the dead Minotaur on the island of Crete. Surrounding the labyrinth are King Minos’ many guards. In the version adapted by Josephine Preston Peabody, the father and son are imprisoned in a tall tower on a seemingly deserted island.
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