King Midas and the Golden Touch
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"King Midas and the Golden Touch" tells the story of a king named Midas. First, he gives food and clothes to a man named Silenus. He then helps return Silenus to Dionysus, the god of wine. Dionysus is grateful for the kindness of Midas.
Dionysus decides to reward Midas with a gift. Midas asks for the ability to turn everything he touches into gold. King Midas faces many difficulties with this power, such as his inability to eat, and he accidentally turns his daughter into a gold statue. After doing so, he asks Dionysus to take back the golden touch.
Dionysus tells Midas that to remove the ability he must wash himself in River Pactolus. After Midas does so, everything he previously touched turns back to normal, including his daughter. Him and his daughter reconnect and proceed to go look at flowers.
Midas washing himself in River Pactolus symbolizes him washing away his greed. After washing himself in the river he no longer has the golden touch. What he originally thinks is a gift is really a curse.
Midas asking for the ability to turn everything he touches into gold is showing his greed. He is not happy with what he has so he is constantly wanting more and more. This is a motif because his greed is reoccuring.
The theme of the story is that no amount of gold can beat the value of love and family. King Midas almost loses his daughter because he is so greedy. After he turned her to gold, he realizes what a fool he is and changes his ways.
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