Friday, October 1, 2010

"Landscape with a Fall of Icarus"

           While many people would describe humans to be selfish and hard-headed individuals, Ovid, Bruegel, and Williams demonstrate this. Ovid's "The Story of Daedalus and Icaruse" and Bruegel's "The myth of Daedalus and Icarus" give a clear picture behind Williams' "Landscape with the Fall of Icarus." In "Landscape with the Fall of Icarus", William Carlos Williams suggest that there are comsequemces to our actions, and life goes on by making Icarus' wing melt in the sun, and no one helping Icarus.
           Williams' poem "Landscape with the Fall of Icarus" uses allusion to show that there are consequences to our actions. in the fifth stanza, it says,"sweating in the sun that melted the wings' wax." thr quote give a clear picture that there are these wings, made of wax, and the sun has melted them. Also, the last stanza says," a splash quite unnoticed this was icarus drowning." The quote gives this picture that Icarus was using these wings to fly, the sun melted the wax, and Icarus fell in the water and drowned. The poem also uses irony to show life goes on.
           Williams' "Landscape with the Fall of Icarus" uses irony to demonstrate that life goes on. In the first stanza iy says, "when Icarus fell it was spring." Spring gives a picture of new life, like the flowers and grass growing, people planting crops, and beauty. Then by the last stanza, " a splash quite unnoticed this was Icarus drowning" Icarus was drowning. It is ironic because in the beginning of the poem there is a picture that there is new life, and beauty, then the poem ends with death. Not only did Williams' demonstrate that there are consequences for your actions and life goes on, but Ovid's myth did too.
           Ovid's "The Story Of Daedalus and Icarus" shows there are consequences for your actions. Daedalus was making wings for him and his son to fly away from Crete. When Daedalus finished making the wings out of feathers and wax, he warned Icarus," middle course: Don't go too low, or water will weigh the wings down; don't go too high or the sun's  fire will burn them." Daedalus made sure Icarus knew what could happen if he didn't fly in the middle, and also told Icarus to follow him. Icarus was getting the hang of flying and thought,"This is wonderful." Icarus left Daedalus, flew higher and higher until eventually the wax melted from being too close to the sun. He lost his wings, fell into the sea, drowned, and died, which goes to show there are consequences to your actions.
           The myth, "The Story of Daedalus and Icarus" also shows life goes on. Daedalus burried Icarus, and was all upset. Then he  moved on and just started teaching his sister's son. Daedalus moved past his son's death and started teaching his sister's son to be inventive. It is weird that Daedalus really has this "life goes on" attitude and gets over his son's death so quick. The myth gives the impression that there are consequences for your action, and life goes on, but a picture is worth a thousand words and also gives off this impression.
           Bruegel's painting, " Landscape wiyh the Fall of Icarus" shows there are consequences to your actions. The picture shows a man getting the sheep together, and another man making even lines to plant crops, which gives off it is spring. The picture shows a big sun , a sea with bluish-green water. The big picture is the sun melted the wings was, and now Icarus is drowning.
           The painting also show us that life goes onb. While Icarus is drowning, the sun is still shining. The guys are still paying attention to their animals, and getting ready to grow crops. The guy is fishing right near where Icarus is driwning, but he's focused on catching fish, probably for dinner. The boats are still moving. No one is paying any attention to Icarus for the simple fact that life goes on.
           In conclusion, nothing in life that you do wrong goes unpunished. Life goes on, and there are consequences for your actions. Ovid, Bruegel, and Williams all demonstrated that in their myth, painting, and poem.

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