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Falling Icarus

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Alejandra Tejeda

on 24 June 2013

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Transcript of Falling Icarus

Ovid uses foreshadowing to show what is to happen to Icarus. To let the audience inter what will happen to Icarus and the wings.
Ovid uses a simile when describing the wings that Daedalus was creating and the appearance of the wings. He does this to help the audience further understand what the wings looked like.
Ovid uses imagery to let the audience see into how and with what materials Daedalus was using to create the wings. So that the audience can imagine for themselves what the wings looked like . The wings that would ultimately be Icarus downfall.
"Tum lino medias et ceris alligat imas, atque ita compositas parvo curvamine flectitt."

Then he binds the middle and the lowest of the feathers with thread and wax, and he turns the positioned feathers with a small curve.
"Ignarus sua se tractare pericla."

Not knowing he was handing his own dangers.
"Sic rustica quondam fistula disparibus paulatim surgi avenis."

Just like a rustic pipe increases bit by bit with unequal reed.
Falling of Icarus
Dactylic Hexameter
The Golden Mean
How Icarus Fell
The Golden Mean is the perfect balance between two extremes.
Daedalus teaches his son about The Golden Mean by explaining to him how high he should fly within the sky. Daedalus tells Icarus to fly within the middle of the sky.
Daedalus ordered Icarus not to fly to close to the sun or to the water. The sun would cause the wax to melt and for the wings to fall apart and burn. The water would cause the wings to become wet and to heavy to maintain flight.
He also ordered Icarus to not get distracted by the Booten, the Helicen or the drawn sword of the Orion.
"Medio" que "ut limite curras, Icare, "ait, "moneo, ne si demissior ibis, unda gravet pennas, si celsior, ignis adurat, inter utrumque vola. Nec te spectare Booten aut Helicen iubeo strictumque Orionis ensem": lines 203-207.

Another example of The Golden Mean is when in "The Little Mermaid" Ariel wishes she could be a human so she could meet the man of her dreams on land. The Golden Mean for her would be for her to never meet him, meeting him with legs and falling in love, and her getting legs and not being able to speak to him.
Daedalus does not follow the Golden Means because he didn't leave the island with his son alive.
Daedalus is hating the long exile in the Crete and is yearning to return to his home back in Athens, which he loves very much. However, he can not escape by land or sea because King Minos has blocked them. Daedalus believes that even though the land and sea are blocked, the sky is still open, and that is the way he'll use in order to escape from Crete. Daedalus then puts all his spirit into creating the wings, which is a task he has never done before. He organizes the feathers by having the shortest feather in length following the longest so that it looks like a pipe increasing in length bit by bit , with an unequal reed. He fastens the feathers with thread in the middle and bits of wax at the end so that there is no space between the feathers. Daedalus then bends the feathers with a small curve, so that it imitates the wings of birds. Icarus was next to his father messing with the recently made wings unaware that these would soon be the reason of his death. He was having a good time capturing the feathers which the air was moving and with his thumb he was melting the wax. Icarus was messing up his father's work with his childish play. After Daedalus had placed the final touches on his work he put both wings on his back and hovered in the air, which allowed the wings to move. He then gives a warning to Icarus that he must stay in the middle because if he flies too low the water will dampen the wings and he'll drown, nor too high or the sun will burn the wax that keeps the wings in place causing them to break and for Icarus to fall to his death. Daedalus also orders his son to not look at the constellation of the drawn sword of Orion in the sky or else he'll get distracted and to follow him as he is the leader of this journey. At the same time, he tried to give flying instructions to Icarus while he adjusted the wings on his shoulders. In between the work and the warning, Daedalus started crying and his hands shook, he gave kisses to his son on the cheek never to be repeated again, because soon Icarus will be no more.They finally lift up into the air and start flying. Seeing that Icarus is afraid, Daedalus encourages his son to follow him and he teaches him how to flap the wings. While Daedalus is flying he keeps a close eye on Icarus to make sure he follows directions. Icarus suddenly gets overly excited by the ability to fly so he deserts his father and flies too high wanting to reach the sky. The sun softened the bonds of the feathers. With the wax having melted the wings bonds, Icarus starts to frantically shake his arms in order to prevent himself from falling but with no wings to hold him up anymore, he falls into the water and drowns. Daedalus, not having his son anymore can no longer call his name like he used to. He feels guilty for what happened to his son and decides to never attempt such a dangerous skill again. Daedalus buries the body in a tomb and he named the island after his son Icarus.
Ovid uses so many spondees as an emphasis to the importance of this line. The materials Daedalus uses, in making the wings, are very important for the audience to be aware of. This way they are able to understand that Icarus keeping a medial course was important because if he flew too high the wax from his wings would melt.
Pierre I don't care
The song Pierre I don't care relates to the story because of Pierre's carefree life style. His parents advised him to do things and he chose to disobey their orders. He did not care about anything that his parents said and in the end he paid the price. The same thing happened with Daedalus and Icarus. Daedalus gave his son clear orders and his son did not listen. "Medio que ut limite curras, Icare, ait, moneo, he si demissior ibis, adurat". This reveals that Daedalus clearly advised his son to stay in the middle. Though this is true, Icarus did not listen to his father's warning. Instead he chose to fly higher than he was told to. Eventually he flew too high, which related to the second song, Gravity. This song song relates to how Icarus because it describes how he got lost in the moment and eventually had to face reality. He was not aware of his surroundings and gravity sent him flying down to his death. "Cum puer audaci coepi gaudere volatu deseruitque ducem caeliquw cupidine tactus altius egit iter;...remigoque carens non ullas percipit auras oraque caerulea patrium clamantia nomen excipiuntur aqua." Icarus was excited by his flight and flew higher than he was advised to. Once he was high enough the sun melted the wax off his wings sending him flying down and back into reality.
By: Alejandra Tejeda, Lina Reyes, Lyric Giles, Abiona Yemane ,Nacaira Greenway
"Tum lino medias et ceris alligat imas"
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