"Dedalus is a model youth."

Daedalus and Icarus
Public DomainDaedalus and Icarus - Credit: Zinnmann
Stephen's namesake Daedalus, in Greek mythology, was the father of Icarus. He designed the Minotaur's labyrinth on Crete, and was then imprisoned with his son by King Minos. Daedalus constructed wings out of feathers and wax with which they escaped.  However Icarus, forgetting his father's warning, flew too close to the sun and the wax melted in his wings.  He fell to his death.

Joyce's Stephen Dedalus is an anti-hero, a combination of Daedalus and Icarus. He wants to free himself from his identity in order to become more precise and true in his artistic endeavour.