The Story of Icarus and Daedalus By: salvators greco

This story starts off on the island of Crete. A man by the name of Daedalus is a fascinating builder. He created incredible works of art, was a master craftsman, and was quite well known in Crete. Daedalus created many ings for King Minos, the king of Crete at the time.mDaedalus built king Minos' palace, the sculpture of Ariadne in Knossos, and many other sculptures in Crete. His artistic talent was incredible and was on good terms with king Minos, but that changed very quickly one day.

Daedalus decided to help King Minos' daughter get a young boy by the name of Theseus out of the labyrinth. He gave the daughter a long roll of string, which helped the young man kill the Minotaur and get out of the labyrinth alive. King Minos was furious and imprisoned Daedalus and his son, Icarus, inside of the labyrinth. He guarded the land all around it with many guards, making it impossible for them to escape by land. Then Daedalus, being the smart and clever individual he was, came up with a plan. He decided they would escape by air instead of by land or sea.

Daedalus and his son created two sets of wing suits, made from feathers, wax from candles, and branches. These wings were their ticket to freedom. Daedalus warned Icarus, his son, not to fly too high because the sun would melt the wax, but not to fly too low because the water would make the wings wet. Both of the those circumstances would result in a terrible fatality. He told his son to stay in the middle of the sky, where he would be safe. After Daedalus taught his son how to use the wings, they boy set off. The wings actually worked and they were free from the labyrinth. As they were flying, Icarus became to grow prideful and decided to fly as high as he could. As he continued to increase his altitude, he felt more and more powerful. He decided to go as high as the gods, which wasn't the smartest idea. He eventually flew so close to the sun, it melted the wax. (Some people believe that the sun God grew angry that a mortal tried to be a god, and he burnt the wax off the wings on purpose) as the wax left the wings, Icarus fell to his death.

Daedalus' heart was destroyed as he watched his son fall to his death, knownijg there is nothing he could do. He eventually made it to Sicily, where he landed and had to go on with life. The sea where Icarus died at was named after him, the Icarian Sea. There was also a small island named after him near the Sea. His father built an alter to the God Apollo once he got to Sicily. He then lived there for the rest of his life. The moral of the story is that the young are reckless and can be too prideful. This story can best be described as the saying, pride before the fall. -Mr. Falcone

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