Evslin Vs Edith Hamilton

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The early Greek and Romans wrote stories that explained natural events that could not be explained. These stories had been passed down from generation to generation and multiple versions of the same story had begun to emerge. Edith Hamilton's Mythology and Bernard Evslin's Heroes, Gods, and Monsters of the Greek Myths portrayed the same story with different elements. Every mythological story has colorful variations that give it a unique style. In the tale of Daedalus and Icarus, Hamilton and Evslin have several distinct differences in their stories. The clever idea to escape from the Labyrinth had been debated between the two stories. For example, "[Daedalus] told his son, 'Escape may be checked by water and land, but the air and the sky are free,' and he made two pairs of wings for them" (Hamilton 247). It was Daedalus' idea to flee from the Labyrinth by using wings. Hamilton's version of Icarus was just a boy who absently followed what his father was …show more content…

For example, "However, as stories so often shows what elders had said youth disregard ... [Icarus] soared exulting up and up, he payed no need to his fathers anguished commands. Then he fell" (Hamilton 247). Hamilton gave Icarus no motivation other than blatant curiosity as to why he flew too close to the sun. This depicted him as a bemused teenager who had no respect for authority. In addition Icarus said, "How splendid if I could get a really good look at the sun and be able to tell my father something he doesn't know. How that would delight him" (Evslin 182). Icarus had a clear motivation as to why he strayed from his fathers teaching. Icarus wanted to show his father, a genius inventor, something that even he wouldn't be able to know; he wanted his dad to be proud of him. Hamilton portrayed Icarus as an irresponsible, rebellious, teenager, where as Evslin gave Icarus a purpose for disobeying his

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