"...only to find himself prisinor on the island. Several times he tried by bribery to stow away on one of the vessels." lines 5-7 Dadelus and Icarus both try to bribe the ship captins to get them to sail them away from the island.
"Dadelus then melted the wax and made a skeleton in the shape of a birds wings . The smallest feathers he pressed into the soft wax..." lines 16-18 "It was fun making the wings..." line 24 Dadelus makes the wings.
"...taught him how to fly. He bade him and watch the movements of the birds, and how they soared and glided overhead." lines 32-33 "Up and up Icarus soared, through the soft, moist clouds and again toward the glorious sun." "...beat his wings franticly so that they would carry him higher and higher..."lines 67-70 Dadelus teaches Icarus how to fly and Icarus is starting to fly too high.
"The blaxing sun beat down on the wings and softened the wax. Small feathers fell from the wings and floated softly down..." "...the enchanted boy did not notice them until the sun became so hot that the largest feathers dropped off..." lines 71-75 Icarus's wings are starting to fall off and Icarus just now realized. "...soon his son plunged through the clouds into the sea. Daedalus tried to save him but it was too late." lines 82-83 Icarus's feathers fell off and he could no longer fly. Daedalus tried to save him but he couldn't.
"He gathered his boy in his arms and flew to land, the tips of his wings dragging in the water from the double burden they bore. Weeping bitterly, he buried his small son and called the land Icaria in his memory." lines 84-87 Daedalus buries his son and flies away to Scicily.
The first theme found in this story is stay in the safe zone, or at a happy medium. Do not fly too high, but don't fly too low. In lines 44-46 it states "Keep at a moderate hieght, for if you fly too low, the fog and spray will clog your wings, and if you fly too high, the heat will melt the wax that holds them together."