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The Icarus Myth in Toni Morrisons Song of Solomon Throughout literature it has been common for authors to use allusions to complement recurrent motifs in their work In Toni Morrisons Song Of Solomon Milkman learns that his desire to fly has been passed down to him from his ancestor Solomon As Milkman is figuring out the puzzle of his ancestry he realizes that when Solomon tried to take his youngest son Jake flying with him he dropped him and Jake never arrived with his father to their destination Sound familiar Well it seems quite probable that Morrison drew from the DaedalusIcarus Greek myth Daedalus was a well-known architect and engineer in Athens King Mines invited Daedalus to Crete to build him a labyrinth and when it was completed Mines jailed him within it In order to escape Daedalus built two sets of wings - one pair for himself and the other for his son Icarus- using wax and feathers which they used to fly off from Crete On their journey to Athens Icarus decided to try to challenge the sun even though his father had warned him that if he got too near to the sea his wings would dampen and fall apart or if he got too close to the sun the wax in his wings would melt and he would lose the ability to fly Ignoring Daedalus warnings Icarus flew too high and the sun melted the wax that held his wings together Icarus fell into the Aegean Sea and died Solomon a slave had been a leader when he worked in the cotton fields in the South One day he decided to fly back to Africa with his youngest son Jake leaving behind his wife Ryna and their twenty other children Come booba yalle come booma tambee Come konka yalle come konka tambee303 This verse of the popular childrens song which Milkman heard in Shalimar Virginia was referring to Rynas sobbing an
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