squidboots wrote:I think it's a matter of literary interpretation. We talked about this very issue in my undergrad classic lit course (whether it was forgetfulness or blatant disobedience) as in the literature his motivations are never really mentioned:
"They passed Samos and Delos on the left and Lebynthos on the
right, when the boy, exulting in his career, began to leave the
guidance of his companion and soar upward as if to reach heaven.
The nearness of the blazing sun softened the wax which held the
feathers together, and they came off. He fluttered with his
arms, but no feathers remained to hold the air. While his mouth
uttered cries to his father, it was submerged in the blue waters
of the sea, which thenceforth was called by his name."
I tend to interpret it as an act of selfish disobedience. I've also seen the myth used to describe situations in modern culture where people get too greedy and meet negative consequences as a result.
Hmm, I too interpret it as an act of selfish disobedience, but one of Hubris, not Greed. Icarus isn't greedy to gain new heights (I think that's what you're trying to argue), he's overly prideful of the new ability to fly, and disregards his father's warnings. I've seen this myth used in modern culture situations as well, but only pertaining to situations of hubris, although it may be hubris that causes the people to be greedy.