The Thrill Of Receiving Leading Roles Essay

1014 Words Oct 16th, 2015 5 Pages
Imagine Charles Dickens. Think about his feelings when he published his first selling book. The thrill of receiving leading roles in English melodramas. What would had happen if someone set boundaries, limits, and rules in which he had to follow. The story of Daedalus and Icarus is about a father and son imprisoned off shore by the King of Crete, so desperate to find an alternative way out that Daedalus ever so carefully designed a set of wings for him and his son. This way they could fly to their freedom, but this freedom is meet with a heartbreak for Daedalus because Icarus meets a fatal death during his flight. But was his death really a tragedy? Both Ovid’s poem Metamorphosis and Anne Sexton’s poem “To a Friend Whose Work Has Come to Triumph” retell the story of Daedalus and Icarus. However, Anne Sexton transform Icarus’s flight experience into a wonderful adventure while Ovid views it as a foolish mistake.
In Anne Sexton’s poem, Icarus’ flight is viewed as a wondrous adventure because it focuses on the aspect of enjoying new experiences to the fullest extent. In the first line of “To a Friend Whose Work Has Come to Triumph”, Anne Sexton says “Consider Icarus, pasting those sticky wings on, testing that strange little tug at his shoulder blade, and think of that first flawless moment over the lawn of the labyrinth.” Usage of the words ‘testing’, ‘strange’ and the phrase ‘first flawless moment’ give the poem a lighter, optimistic tone rather than a negative tone in…

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