The Tale of Icarus

By: Anika Chaganti


  • Icarus was the son of the master craftsman, Daedalus.
  • Daedalus and Icarus were imprisoned by Minos, the King of Crete. This is because Daedalus gave Ariadne, Minos' daughter, a magical ball of twine. She used it to lead an enemy of Crete, Theseus, out of the labrinth and away from the Minotaur, a half man, half bull, man eating monster.
  • Icarus dies because of his inability to follow instructuions.


An example of magical powers used in The Tale of Icarus is when Daedalus gives Ariadne a magical ball of twine, and when he crafts wings that allow him and his son to fly. They use human traits in this story when Icarus foolishly ignores his father's instructions to stay away from the sun and flys towards it, causing the wax to melt and Icarus to plunge into the sea.