'And then he plucked a pear from a branch... and it sat in his palm like a lightbulb'. This similie suggests the pear is bright now that it has turned to gold. The verb 'plucked' suggests how that he took the pear carefully and gravcefully
Mrs Midas By Carol Ann Duffy
He was spitting out the teeth of the rich... as he picked up the glass, goblet,golden chalice,drank.' The litany has a semantic field of traditional cutlery. The litany demonstrates how everything he touched turned to gold.
'how he'd had a wish. Look, we all have wishes; granted. But who has wishes granted? Him.' The author uses a rhetoric question and then soon answers it with one word 'him'.
'Separate beds. In fact, I put a chair against my door, near petrified.'
The emotion of petrified makes the reader feel sympathetic for the wife.
'So he had to move out...And then I came home, the woman who married the fool who wished for gold.' From the context of the Greek myth, it may have been humiliating to have your husband wishing for gold so this is why she was embarrassed.
The writer uses emotions such as 'idiocy, greed, selfishness' to portray Mrs Midas sadness that she has lost her husband because of a wish.
'What gets me now is not the idiocy or greed but the lack of thought for me. Pure selfishness.'