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Icarus Meaning

In Greek mythology, Icarus is the son of the master craftsman Daedalus. The main story told about Icarus is his attempt to escape from Crete by means of wings that his father constructed from feathers and wax. He ignored instructions not to fly too close to the sun, and the melting wax caused him to fall into the sea where he drowned

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I've scrolled past this several times, but when I saw it just now, I thought, "It would be interesting if this was symbolic." So what is it? What are the figurative "wings," and what does it mean to lose them?

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"Oh god... W-what have I done. I..I didn't mean to go this far. But I couldn't stop myself. I'm so so sorry," Eli says to the lifeless body laying several feet in front of him. (This is after Eli agrees to the terms of the organization that helped him take down James and the organization does something to Eli that makes it hard to control himself)

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