CLIMAX IN GREEK MYTHOLOGY

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Presented by: Coretta Gholston
For Ms. Parker’s class
Climaxthe highest
point in a
story (Holt)
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Daedalus and his son, Icarus are held hostage
by King Midas. Daedalus decides that he will
create a brilliant plan for him and his son to
escape. He creates some wings with wax so
he can fly away. He informs his son that he
will come back for him.
Questions:
What is a low point for Daedalus and Icarus?
Have you ever experienced a low point in
your life? Explain.
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Icarus begs his father to make him some
wings so he can fly. Daedalus is hesitant, but
he makes the wings for his son. He tells his
son that they will leave when the guards are
sleep.
Questions:
Do you feel that this plan could work?
If you were held hostage, what plan would
you develop?
Daedalus also gives Icarus special
instructions. He tells his son specifically not
to fly to low because he will drown and not to
fly too high because the sun will melt the
wax. When the guards are away, they start
the flight (to be continued)
Questions:
-Do you think Icarus will follow instructions?
- Do you listen to your mother and father
everytime they give you instructions?
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Rising Action:
ExpositionIcarus begs his
father to make
him some
wings to fly.
Icarus gets
some wings to
fly. His father
gives him
specific
instructions.
They are flying
togethrer.
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The flight is going well. Daedalus and Icarus
are flying together. People see them flying
and call them “gods.” Icarus starts to feel real
good about himself that he thinks he is a
god.
Question:
What do you think Icarus will do now?
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Icarus starts to fly higher since he is feeling
like a god. Daedalus can no longer see his
son. Icarus flies so high that the sun starts to
melt his wings. After the wings are melted,
he falls into the ocean and dies.
Climax
Rising Action
Exposition
Icarus flies
close to the
sun
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