*casually transplants my own thoughts about icarus onto one of my original characters partly because, in that shiny new context, they’re a convenient way for me to explore said oc’s feelings of self-loathing because it doesn’t even take a psych 101 class to listen to him talk about icarus and get that he’s actually talking about himself — and partly because basically all of the most popular readings of icarus from about the romantics forward annoy the shit out of me*
(like yes, the original icarus story was blatantly an attempt at going, “listen to your parents all the time without any room for error or else you will literally die” — but man, that doesn’t change how icarus legit did something totally asinine. i mean, the story can easily be used to cow kids into behaving however their parents want, just like the pro-conformity fairy tales that guillermo del toro points out in his one quote about how you can have repressive fairy tales or anarchic fairy tales. but solely within the context of the story, icarus is just told not to do something dangerous because it will get him killed.
he comes from privilege, given how respected and well-off daedalus was until he and icarus got tossed in prison because theseus made off with ariadne and couldn’t be punished for killing asterion. still, icarus has no GOOD reason to think that the basic rules of reality — i.e., “these wings are held together with wax; heat melts wax; the sun is hot. therefore, if you fly too close to the sun, the wax will melt and the wings will fall apart and you will crash into the ocean and die” — do not apply to him. but that would imply that icarus is even thinking, which he isn’t.
there is no actual rebellion in any of his actions because he doesn’t think about anything he does or do any of it with a purpose. he gets a thrill, he chases the thrill past the point of potentially lethal danger, and he dies. that’s it, that’s the grand story of icarus. a good modern analogy for him, a good way to explain him and his story without painting it too nicely, would be a guy who gets himself killed by base-jumping without taking all the proper safety precautions because he’s like, “ugh, fuck, that’s so boring, what even is the point of listening to all of that boring safety shit, i have a trust fund, it doesn’t apply to me.”
which is so close to how this particular oc views himself that…… hey, why would i even pass up the chance to dig into his characterization and also vent my ongoing annoyance with nearly two centuries of people treating icarus like some big tragic rebel just because his father was usually a fuckbishop and some assholes have spent an even longer amount of time telling the story as a way to terrify children into toeing lines that are not usually as legitimate as, “do not do this blatantly dangerous thing, you will literally die.”)