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Icarus and Daedalus Allusion in Fahrenheit 451

Icarus and Daedalus Allusion in Fahrenheit 451 by Rachel Westrick
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Transcript of Icarus and Daedalus Allusion in Fahrenheit 451

Icarus and Daedalus Allusion
The greek myth of Daedalus and Icarus tells and important message through the story of a father and his son.
Daedalus
Very clever inventor and architect.
Built a large, impossible maze called the Labyrinth for King Minos.
One day King Minos became angry, and he locked Daedalus and his son, Icarus, in a tower.
The pair were able to escape from their cell, but still were not able to escape the island.
So Daedalus devised a plan...
Daedalus collected feathers to create wings so he and Icarus could fly away when the time was right.
When the wings were finished and the pair was ready to fly, Daedalus gave Icarus an important warning:
"Let me warn you, Icarus, to take the middle way, in case the moisture weighs down your wings, if you fly too low, or if you go too high, the sun scorches them. Travel between the extremes"
Despite Daedalus's warning, Icarus proudly and excitedly flew closer, and closer to the Sun.
The wax melted from the heat of the Sun, and the wings fell apart.
With his wings in shreds, Icarus fell into the sea and drowned
Presentation by Rachel Westrick
Allusion in Fahrenheit 451
Bradbury’s allusion to the story of Daedalus and Icarus represents the connection to Montag and his dangerous longing for more freedom and knowledge.

"Old Montag wanted to fly near the sun and now that he’s burnt his damn wings, he wonders why"
Fahrenheit 451
Ray Bradbury
Connections:
Icarus and Daedalus are locked in their tower.
Montag is "locked" within the confines of society.
Icarus and Daedalus escape their cell.
Montag meets Clarisse.
Daedalus and Icarus collect feathers and plan to make wings in order to be free.
Montag and Faber collect books and plan to plant them in other firemens' houses and be free.
Icarus, proud and excited about his wings flies high and higher to the Sun
The ladies report Montag to the firemen and he gets caught.
Icarus' wings fall apart and he falls into the sea.
Montag, excited and proud of his knowledge reads aloud "Dover Beach" to Mildred's friends
Daedalus warns Icarus to not fly too high.
Faber repeatedly warns Montag to be careful.
Both are locked within certain confines.
Both are partially freed and are no longer completely helpless by certain events.
Both collect things in order to complete a certain plan for escape.
Both Icarus and Montag are warned.
Both ignore their warnings and make mistakes because of their pride.
Both suffer from the consequences of their careless actions.
While both sides ultimately fail at their original goal, Montag fortunately fares better in the end, and leaves his society to find a better one.

Picture Bibliography
http://www.mlahanas.de/Greeks/Mythology/Daedalus.html
http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Daedalus_and_Icarus,_by_van_Dyck.JPG
http://www.explorecrete.com/mythology/icarus.html
commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Rubens,_Peter_Paul_-_The_Fall_of_Icarus.jpg
http://catchwordbranding.com/catchthis/brand-naming/naming-blunder-of-the-week-ikaros-space-yacht/
The End
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