In the two Greek myths, “Phaethon” and “Daedalus and Icarus”, the main characters go through a major trial that enforces their pride, which eventually leads to their death. The literary elements in these two myths include characters, imagery, and conflict. These elements help the author express the bright scenes, understandable reasonings, and unfortunate downfalls. The lesson in both tales is equivalent, as the theme is: A prideful disregard of the warning from those who are older and wiser can quickly lead to disastrous consequences. However, the way this present this lesson is what makes it different from each other. The main characters --being Phaethon, Daedalus, Icarus-- imagery, and conflict all work together to form the theme.
“The truest characters of ignorance are pride and arrogance. This quote by Samuel Butler is truer than gold in the two greek myths Phaethon and Daedalus and Icarus. The protagonists of both stories boastful,arrogant and prideful natures lead them to their agonizing deaths and downfall. The two myths would be lifeless and stale without the use of of literary elements like conflict,imagery,and and characterization. Conflict shapes the story,Imagery foreshadows and provides color,and characterization develops the characters personalities and behaviors. These elements are how the authors were able to teach the lesson in the theme. The two stories’ main characters, Phaethon and Daedalus and Icarus share the same moral theme of a prideful disregard from those elder and wiser can quickly lead to disastrous consequences,existing thanks to these literary elements.
In the myth “Daedalus” as retold by Anne Terry White, a man learns that his actions have unexpected and unfortunate consequences. Daedalus is a talented sculptor an architect. Talus Daedalus’s nephew arrives in Athen an invents a saw and compass. Daedalus becomes jealous of Talus and decides to push him off a cliff killing him. Daedalus wondering ends up in crete; where Daedalus is hired by King Minos to build and design a Labyrinth for a minotaur. But, one day Daedalus realizes that he is a prisoner and suddenly gets an idea to fly away; so Daedalus starts to build wings for himself and Icarus. Daedalus realizing that Icarus might fly reckless and warns him; Icarus forgetting the warning from Daedalus starts to fly recklessly when out of nowhere
In Athens, there lived a man named Daedalus. He was the most renowned intellectual, and for this reason, his sister hired him to train his nephew Perdix in the art of knowledge. Over time, Perdix surpassed his uncle’s cognitive abilities. As written from lines 375-387 in Ovid’s Metamorphoses: Daedalus and Icarus, “The gifted youth began to rival his instructor’s art. He took the jagged backbone of a fish, and with it as a model made a saw, with sharp teeth fashioned from a strip of iron. And he was first to make two arms of iron, smooth hinged upon the center, so that one would make a pivot while the other, turned, described a circle.” In a purposeful manner, Perdix augmented his knowledge any way that he could, and this enraged Daedalus. Becoming envious of his nephew, Daedalus swore to kill the boy and claim it was an accident, all to regain his title as the smartest in the land. The covetousness that Daedalus felt towards Perdix was the basis for the story, so if Daedalus had just accepted and felt proud for
W. H. Auden, living during 1907-1973, is a man of class. He loved to visit an art gallery, which was called “Museum of Beautiful Art” (In French: Musee des Beaux Arts). Like T. S. Eliot, he was both an American poet and a British poet. Going back to Auden visiting the art gallery, he stared at this one painting. He stared at it for an extended amount of time, trying to determine what the piece of art meant. The piece of art, which Auden was trying to decode, was called “The Fall of Icarus” (The painter is a man named Brueghel). In Brueghel’s painting, the focus is on Icarus, but you barley notice the boy himself. It is very important to know the story of Daedalus and Icarus to fully understand this painting, poem, and essay. If you do not know the story, then go read it and then come read this to acquire the full grasp of what I am trying to emit out in words. The reason why there is a poem by W. H. Auden, is because when Auden looks at the painting he sees something so profound. So profound, he writes a poem about it. The things he finds so profound is, 1)
Ovid is born an Icarus, innocent and naive, with no idea of how much danger awaits him if he chooses to forsake his guide and soar in the “boundless sky”. Ovid’s father planned for him to become a political official, sending him to Rome to get an education, and then Athens. Ovid’s “anxious father planned” his future, as Daedalus planned Icarus’s, in order to make sure their sons had prosperous steady lives. (Ovid) At first both sons were cooperative; but then emboldened by their success they started taking risks./ Icarus soared
Daedalus was an architect who was commissioned by King Minos to build the labyrinth for the Minotaur. After finishing the task, the king exiled Daedalus and his son, Icarus, to an island, so no one could find out how to beat the labyrinth. In an attempt to escape to island, Daedalus builds two pairs of wing out of seagull feathers and candle wax. Just before him and his son took flight, Icarus was told by his father to not fly too close to the Sun otherwise the glue on his wings would melt. However, Icarus did not heed this warning which resulted in him falling into the ocean to his own demise. After Daedalus does not see his son behind him, he searched for him down below but only confirmed his son had been consumed by the fierce waves. In
In the poem “Icarus” by Edward Field is alluding to the myth of Icarus and Daedalus which is set in a contemporary setting. The poem takes a spin on the myth were instead of Icarus drowning, he is set in today 's world as the fall of the great hero, nothing but an ordinary man. It reveals that Icarus cannot handle being just ordinary and “wishes he had drowned.” (line 30). Through imagery, diction and irony Fields uses a contemporary setting to convey the life of Icarus who is living as a man who once achieved greatness.
Hey there! Taking bold actions are risky. Some people might think risks are worth the rewards but i really don't think they are. The 2 myths Arachne and flight of Icarus are examples showing why risks are not worth the rewards.
The mythology story about Icarus using his homemade wings to fly to freedom. Icarus and his father are stuck in some sort of prison. With him and his son’s lives on the line, Icarus’s father built two pairs of wings to fly away with. He told his son to wait five minutes after he left so that he could make sure that the wings worked properly and he told Icarus not to fly to high because the wings would melt and if he flew too low, the feathers would get wet. Icarus did listen to his father and he fell to his death. The wings represented flying to freedom.
“Icarus, my son, we are about to make our flight. No human has ever traveled through the air before, and I want you to listen carefully to my instructions. Keep at a moderate height, for if you fly to 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. Keep near me and you will be safe.” This is a challenge because this shows that they really wanted to escape the island even if it meant that they will get hurt. The other side might argue that Daedalus was scared for his son's life, but I argue that the father wasn’t scared because he thought that his son would obey
Athena also spoke of father and sons as. “Few sons are like their fathers: most are worse, a few excel their parents.” As shown the role of fatherhood is significant, just as the quest of the son is to learn from his father
In Daedalus the author promotes a mournful tone.One way the tone is revealed when the author says “...He could not bear the idea of a rival and came to hate the boy…” (1) The author says “... and one day when they stood together on a height Daedalus pushed Talus off to his death…” (1) The author states “...The King was so afraid Daedalus would reveal the secret of the labyrinth that he wouldn't let him leave the island…” Towards the end,the author states “...Even as he cried, the deep blue water of the sea - that ever since has been called Icarian -closed over him…” Overall the authors tone of mourning shows that when humans try to compete with god's consequences