In order to escape Crete, Icarus' father Daedalus fashioned a pair of wings of wax and feathers for himself and his son. Daedalus warned his son not to fly too close to the sun, however overcome by the giddiness of flight Icarus soared through the sky until he indeed came too close to the sun, which melted the wax. And so, Icarus fell into the sea.
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Like many young men, he felt he had something to prove. In his case, because of the imprisonment of he and his father, and the battles it took to free themselves from a fate worse than death (The tales of the Minotaur were gruesome indeed), poor Icarus was cursed with the desire to prove more than most.
He was a proud young man, and wanted to do right by his father. He fought hard, and bravely, but time and again found himself saved by his father's sword, instead of his own. Time and again his youth and impetuousness got him admonishment, instead of praise.
So it was, on the day of his birth, 18 summers later, when he was given a godly gift, a pair of bronzed wings, that he decided he would show his father his true worth. He would fly to the sun and bring his father back a gift from Helios himself. Though he had been warned about misusing the power of his gift, Icarus was still that impetuous boy, and slow to learn. Pleasing his father had consumed him, and he heeded no warnings.
With only that thought in mind, he launched into the air, seeking out Helios and the gift that would restore his father's faith in him, but Helios was not a giving god. What Icarus never considered was that Helios would see this young man's flight as a challenge to his authority over the heavens, and when he saw the winged boy approach him, he never gave him the chance to plead his case, to ask for his gift. Helios instead took him as a threat, or perhaps he simply meant to teach him the ultimate lesson. Calling upon the power of the sun that he commanded, Helios sent a ball of fire towards Icarus, which consumed him and scorched his wings to slag.
With a cry of pain and betrayal, Icarus found that his power of flight had abandoned him, and he tumbled towards the earth. It was the final act for the boy that would heed no advice, that allowed the need for acceptance to consume him.