Before Icarus was born, Daedalus was a genius inventor. He lived in Athens. He invented carpenter and all the tools used to elaborate this job. One day, he was so jealous of his nephew being a better inventor, and he murdered him.
As a punishment, they sent Daedalus out of the city-state of Athens, in his way to the island of Crete.
Daedalus was welcomed with open hands by the king of the island of Crete, king Midas. He continued pushing the boundaries. To the king’s sons, he create some mechanical animals that seemed to be like real animals.
The king’s wife Pasifae was in love with the king’s prized bull by the god of the sea and earthquakes, Poseidon. She asked Daedalus to build something so that the bull got fooled and Pasifae wanted the bull to get her pregnant. Daedalus invented a wooden cow so realistic that the bull got fooled and Pasifae got pregnant. When the Minotaur was born, king Midas was very mad at Daedalus for creating such a weird creature.
For punishment, Daedalus was forced to create an inescapable labyrinth below the palace for the Minotaur. When he was all done he and his son, Icarus, had to go to the highest tower in the island. But Daedalus was still a genius inventor. While observing the birds fly around the tower, Daedalus thought if he could make some pairs of giant wings, and escape.
While Daedalus was putting a pair of giant wings to Icarus, he told him what to do and what not to do “If you go too close to the water your wings would be too heavy to carry, but if you go too far up the … will melt and you will fall all the way to the ground or sea and there are a lot of probabilities that you would die.” Icarus went too far up, the wings melted and he died. Icarus payed with his life and Daedalus for his regret.