In Greek mythology, the story of Icarus illustrates the folly of aiming too high. Facing imprisonment in Crete, Icarus was given wings made from feathers and wax, in order to help him escape. During the escape, Icarus ignored the warnings that came with the wings and flew too high in the sky. The higher he flew, the closer he got to the sun…which melted the wax holding the wings together. As a result, Icarus fell to his death.