The Myth of Daedalus and Icarus


I recently composed an adaptation on a famed Greek myth: the tragedy of Daedalus and Icarus. My group members and I (Eric Lee, Siddarth Dave) worked together to provide our immense audience with an accurate depiction of the tale through props and costumes. As you can see in the featured image, I am meticulously dressed as Daedalus, the inventor. Keep in mind that I wrote the script personally and it is not an exact depiction but rather a combination of all aspects of our group from cardboard wings to an artistic poster.

The script is here:

Narrator: The myth of Daedalus and Icarus is a simple tale that has traveled through the centuries. It starts with Theseus descending into the Labyrinth as a volunteer, and him being saved by the princess Ariadne, who gave him the famed sword that slew the Minotaur and a ball of string to navigate the Labyrinth. This magical string was created by Daedalus, a skillful craftsman and clever inventor, and was meant to allow Theseus to escape.

Daedalus: Ho, ho, ho, Princess Ariadne! Here is the magical string that will guide you from the depths of the Labyrinth back into your freedom. Go and bring Theseus back to the above ground after he has slain the filthy Minotaur.

Ariadne: Oh, thank you, wise Daedalus! I shall go and save him.

Narrator: The Labyrinth was created to imprison the powerful Minotaur and was infamous for entrapping prisoners and eventually leading them to their death by the destructive beast. Theseus has slain the Minotaur and lived, enraging King Minos. Minos threw them into the mythical dungeon forcing Daedalus to quickly formulate a plan for him and his son, Icarus, to escape the island of Crete. The only way was by air.

Daedalus: Son, we cannot escape by the shores or by the sea. We must fly!

Icarus: How, daddy?

Daedalus: I have constructed a pair of wings to guide us to success. But be careful; if you fly near Neptune’s lair, you will drown. If you go near the sun, the wax will melt and you will die.

Icarus: No problem!

Narrator: They took to the skies and enjoyed themselves whilst flying blissfully to their freedom. Soon enough, Icarus got a bit too into the moment. He was having too much fun, and in that sense, ignored his father’s advice.

Icarus: Whee, look at meee!

Daedalus: No, Icarus, please! I warned you!

Icarus: aghlaghaggg

Daedalus lands and sobs: No!

Narrator: Daedalus searched but could not find his child’s corpse. A while after, Hercules found it and delivered it to the forlorn father. And so ends the tale of an audacious son and his clever father half in vain.

Here is an identity/characterization analysis on some of these interesting characters (antagonist, protagonist, key char.):

King Minos is a draconian fellow who threw 14 children into the Labyrinth every nine years that had a predetermined fate; to perish to the mighty Minotaur. This reveals an ounce of his cruel nature. Throughout the story, it is exposed further by unreasonable casting of Daedalus into the dungeons when he himself has helped killed the beast of the prison that Minos asked him to build.

Daedalus is an elder man with kind intentions who once got along with King Minos. This is revealed in his acceptance to create the Labyrinth. To aid Theseus in his vanquishing of the beast, Daedalus employs his skills in a way that helps the moral side. His identity has been molded into one of a kind, elderly inventor who opposes the dark side.

Icarus, a spry, ignorant male, ignores the commands and warnings that his father gave him. In this example of “not listening”, he perishes due to this incognizance. Icarus can be considered Daedalus’s finest invention considering the creator cannot make him ever again.


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