Daedalus And Icarus

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Confirmation of “Daedalus and Icarus.” By Anthony Tibbetts Clarity: King Minos imprisoned Daedalus. Plausibility: Daedalus escaping the prison with his son. Possibility: Daedalus made wings that could hold his body while in the air. Consistency: Daedalus told his son to stay at a moderate height. Propriety: Icarus exulted himself in his fathers work. Expediency: Offered wings to Apollo. (Credit) (ST) In my opinion, if you criticize this story, you criticize the Muses gifts. (ST) For if the job of the holy, all- knowing Muses, who loved to make tales and yarns (Ecphrasis) was to bring stories to the earth, and the Muses were demigods who were infallible, then you say that the Muses were imperfect when you criticize…show more content…
(RQ/GT) Is it not clear that a fearful king would imprison anyone he deemed a threat? (St) If history shows that many great kings have done just what the dominant man (Antonomasia for Minos) did, then this makes perfect sense. (Plausibility) (ST) Some say that it is unlikely that Daedalus could escape, but history witnesses that people in precarious situations often get unexpected help. (GT) In many cases people are helped by compassionate guards, or by means of bribery. (ST) It is likely that a guard could have been bribed into helping Daedalus. (ST) Since Daedalus was a wealthy man, and guards do not get paid much, then it is plausible that he could have offered the guard a large sum in exchange for his escape. (GT) We also know that artist of great things (Enallage for great artists), can make wonderful works out of little material. (ST) Bribes can be very effective. (Possibility) (ST) Daedalus built wings and flew off. (GT) Masterminds are people who make superb inventions, so it is clear that people who do not make a superb invention are not masterminds. Masterminds are those who make what someone thought was impossible. (ST) History proves that people can make things that others say were impossible to…show more content…
(GT) Outstanding fathers like to test their son’s maturity. (ST) Thus Daedalus wanted to test his son’s maturity and see if he could trust him to follow his instructions on how to soar into the sky, the only thing that blocks us from the heavens filled with the blazing gasses of our solar system, in which we mortals love to gaze at in awe (Astrothesia). (Propriety) Many critics think that it was not proper for Icarus to have exulted himself in his father’s work; however, if you look at the story closely, you see that Icarus was not exulting himself, on the contrary, he was praising his father’s work. (GT) People who love someone who has made a great invention like to boast of their loved one’s success. (ST) Icarus, a boy of small stature, large blue eyes and long shaggy blond hair (Effictio), wanted to exult his father’s creation by flying high with it. (Expediency) (ST) Daedalus offered his wings as a sacrifice to Apollo. (GT) In ancient times, a man, after coming home from a trip, would offer something great as a gift to the gods. (GT) Someone who looses something dear to him might offer a relic of that thing as a sign of letting go. (GT) Likewise, a man who goes on a
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