The main themes are, "Be careful what you wish for", and "Trust you elders." This makes sense because Phaeton does not listen to Apollo, and he ends up getting in a lot of trouble that he could have avoided. The original source for this myth is Ovid's Metamorphosis.
Phaeton always told people that he was a son of Apollo but no one believed him. His mother told him that if he wanted to find the truth he would need to go to the palace of the sun in the mountains.
Go to the mountains to find the truth about your father.
When Phaeton got there he saw Apollo, the god of light and the four seasons.
Phaeton found out that he was a son of Apollo and as proof he was granted one wish
Phaeton got to ride Apollo's chariot for one day.
Phaeton could not control the chariot, and it was out of control. Everyone was freaking out.
Zeus saved everyone from the chariot by striking it with lightning.
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