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With bribery, lies and manipulation, Rex plays a dangerous game to achieve his goal. Can there be any winners in this tangled web of emotional conflict? Hemingway is like Icarus in Greek mythology who, in attempting to fly with wax-covered wings, ignored all warnings and flew too close to the sun.

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Icarus' father warns him first of complacency and then of hubris , asking that he fly neither too low nor too high, so the sea's dampness would not clog his wings nor the sun's heat melt them. Icarus ignored his father's instructions not to fly too close to the sun; when the wax in his wings melted he tumbled out of the sky and fell into the sea where he drowned, sparking the idiom "don't fly too close to the sun".

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Icarus's father Daedalus , a very talented and remarkable Athenian craftsman, built the Labyrinth for King Minos of Crete near his palace at Knossos to imprison the Minotaur , a half-man, half-bull monster born of his wife and the Cretan bull. Minos imprisoned Daedalus himself in the labyrinth because he gave Minos's daughter, Ariadne , a clew [3] or ball of string in order to help Theseus , the enemy of Minos, to survive the Labyrinth and defeat the Minotaur. Daedalus fashioned two pairs of wings out of wax and feathers for himself and his son. Daedalus tried his wings first, but before trying to escape the island, he warned his son not to fly too close to the sun, nor too close to the sea, but to follow his path of flight.

Overcome by the giddiness that flying lent him, Icarus soared into the sky, but in the process he came too close to the sun, which due to the heat melted the wax.

Flying Too Close to the Sun

Icarus kept flapping his wings but soon realized that he had no feathers left and that he was only flapping his bare arms, and so Icarus fell into the sea and drowned in the area which today bears his name, the Icarian Sea near Icaria , an island southwest of Samos. Heracles erected a tomb for him. Icarus' flight was often alluded to by Greek poets in passing, but the story was told briefly in Pseudo-Apollodorus. Ovid narrates the story of Icarus at some length in the Metamorphoses viii. In Renaissance iconography , the significance of Icarus depends on context: in the Orion Fountain at Messina, he is one of many figures associated with water; but he is also shown on the Bankruptcy Court of the Amsterdam Town Hall — where he symbolizes high-flying ambition.

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This is the first volume to unite myth-inspired artworks by ancient, modern, and contemporary artists. The artworks are presented in juxtapositions of old and new, and include works ranging from paintings by great masters such as Botticelli and Caravaggio to works by popular contemporary artists like Jeff Koons, Damien Hirst, Louise Bourgeois, Tracey Emin and Anish Kapoor.

In addition, James Cahill, an expert on the influence of Classical antiquity on contemporary art, has contributed an introduction. But as well as juxtaposing ancient and modern pieces, the book explores literary and art theory and provides an insight into the frames of interpretation that make myths, in their many cultural forms, so relevant to us today But if Flying Too Close To The Sun shows us anything, it's that the power of myth lies in its limitless ability to provide us with whatever interpretation of humanity we might be searching for. New Fiction. Classic Fiction.

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