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Icarus and Daedalus by Josephine Preston Peabody is retelling of the Greek myth highlighting the importance of listening to one’s elders. Find out what happens when Icarus decides to ignore his father’s wisdom.
Download a copy of the story from the column on the right.
Show the video adaptation before reading the story to help students comprehend the text or after reading to discuss how they envisioned the story versus the decisions made by the director and actors.
You can access the video directly on YouTube here: https://youtu.be/9xeQbeRs_3k
Heart Attack by Demi Lovato features an allusion to the fall of Icarus at about 2:35.
You can access the video directly on YouTube here: https://youtu.be/AByfaYcOm4A
Landscape with the Fall of Icarus, c.1555 (oil on canvas) by Bruegel, Pieter the Elder (c.1525-69); Musees Royaux des Beaux-Arts de Belgique, Brussels, Belgium. This painting is well-known for making the fall of Icarus a scarcely noticed event in the background of the painting.
Icarus, plate VIII from the illustrated book, “Jazz” by Henry Matisse (1947) is one of twenty plates Matisse created to illustrate his groundbreaking book “Jazz,” according to the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
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