'Juice' by Stephen Davis and the Greek Myth of Daedalus and Icarus

Topics: Greek mythology, Daedalus, Minotaur Pages: 3 (1053 words) Published: May 13, 2013
Greek Mythology is a great influence on today's modern stories as they act as a strong stimulus for the roles, relationships, situations, symbols and purpose involved in the the play or story written. An example of this is the play 'Juice' by Stephen Davis, as it has strong symbolic connections with the Ancient Greek myth of 'Daedalus and Icarus'. In this essay these two stories will be compared and analysed to prove that they both share the same moral theme of flying to close to the sun.

The two stories that are being compared in this essay have very similar situations, relationships, attitudes, status and purpose as they both discuss certain experiences of a teenage boy and his ability not to listen to his father. In the play 'Juice' the relationship between father and son is untrustworthy and sometimes daunting as Rodney experiences a few occasions where his father angers him to the point he feels he has to rebel against his fathers guidance. For example, when Rodney wishes to go to a party to celebrate the end of year 10 but his father refuses to let him go because there was no adult supervising the party. This resulted in Rodney sneaking out without his parents knowledge and going to the party despite his fathers stress on adult supervision. The same circumstances are also shown in the myth 'Daedalus and Icarus' although Daedalus and Icarus seem to have a stronger father-son relationship then Rodney and his father, Craig, in the play. Icarus is prepared to leave his palace to run away with his father showing that he treasures his fathers company and feels protected in his care. Although, Icarus flaw is his failure to listen to his father when he warns Icarus not to fly to close to the sun. This is a literal warning to his son as he has given him wings to fly across the ocean but the wax that holds the wings firmly in place is easily melted. Thus the reason not to fly to close to the sun. But like Rodney in 'Juice' Icarus disobeys his fathers guidance so...
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