the flight of icarus

the flight of icarus

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  • Exposition 1
  • I escaped the labyrinth. See you later. From, Theseus
  • Rising Action
  • By the order of King Minos: all boats with be inspected. Daedalus is not allowed to board.
  • Climax
  •     Daedalus was imprisoned in a high tower by King Minos because Theseus escaped the labyrinth he built.
  • Falling Action
  •     Daedalus escaped the tower with the help of his son, Icarus.  He tried to get on the boats from Crete, but King Minos had very strict rules and made sure he couldn't get on board.
  • Resolution
  • Icaria
  • Since the King can't control sky, Daedalus decides to fly.  He builts wings out of wax, feathers, and thread.  He made some for himself and some for his son.
  • Theme
  • Freedom
  • Finally Daedalus and Icarus take flight over the sea.  Icarus didn't listen to his father's rules.  He flew too high and the sun melted the wax on the wings.  He fell into the sea and his father couldn't save him.
  • Daedalus buried his son on the land and named it Icaria in his memory.  He built a temple to Apollo and hung his wings as an offering to the god.  He added some of the feathers to it that he found floating next to son.
  •     A theme in "Flight of Icarus" is freedom and the danger people will face to gain it.  The scene just before Daedalus and Icarus take flight shows the risk they are taking in order to be free.  On (Page 32, line 41-43), Dadalus says: "Icarus, my son, we are about to make our flight.  No human being has ever traveled through the air before..."  Daedalus is explaining to his son that they are about to do something that no one has done before.  The flying has only been done by birds and they are much bigger than birds.  He knows the  only way to be free is to fly. They know the danger, but it is worth the risk for freedom.
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