The King Midas
Short tale: The King Midas
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Once upon a time there was a very good king named Midas.
Only he had one flaw: he wanted to have all the gold in the world for himself.
One day King Midas did a favor for a god named Dionysus. The god said to him:
– Whatever you ask of me I will grant you.
– I want everything I touch to turn to gold,” said Midas.
– What a silly wish, Midas! Think about it, Midas, think about it.
– That’s all I want.
– So be it, then,” said the god Dionysus.
And the clothes that Midas wore, a branch that he touched, the doors of his house turned to gold. Even the dog that came out to greet him became a golden statue.
And Midas began to worry. The worst thing was that when he wanted to eat, all the food turned to gold. Then Midas could stand it no longer. He ran away, frightened, in search of the god Dionysus.
– I told you, Midas, said the god Dionysus, I told you, but now I cannot free you from the gift I gave you. Go to the river and get into the water. If you are not free when you come out of the river, you will be hopeless.
Midas ran to the river and plunged into its waters. He stayed there for a long time. Then he came out quite frightened. The branches of the tree he deliberately touched were still green and fresh.
Midas was free! From then on the king lived in a hut he had built himself in the forest. And there he died peacefully like the humblest peasant.
Reflection on the story: The story of King Midas teaches us the importance of being prudent and careful with our decisions and desires. Sometimes, what we desire may seem very attractive at first, but may bring negative consequences in the long run. Midas wanted to have all the gold in the world, but his desire turned into a curse that caused him problems and made him lose everything he really valued in his life.
The story also shows us that it is important to learn from our mistakes and look for solutions to remedy them. Midas realized his mistake and sought the help of the god Dionysus to undo the wish he had made. Although he could not undo it completely, he found a solution to live free of his curse.
Frequently asked questions about the story King Midas
¿Who was the main character of the story?
The protagonist of the story is King Midas.
¿What flaw did King Midas have?
King Midas had the flaw of wanting to have all the gold in the world.
¿What wish did King Midas ask the god Dionysus for?
King Midas asked the god Dionysus to turn everything he touched into gold.
¿What happened when King Midas touched his dog?
King Midas’s dog turned into a statue of gold.
¿What did King Midas do when he realized that everything turned to gold?
King Midas became worried and sought the help of the god Dionysus.
¿What did the god Dionysus advise King Midas when he asked for help?
The god Dionysus advised King Midas to go into the river and if when he came out he was not free, he would be hopeless.
¿What was the negative consequence of King Midas' wish?
King Midas’ wish became a curse that caused him to lose everything he truly valued in his life.
¿What solution did King Midas find to live free of his curse?
King Midas found a solution to live free of his curse by jumping into the river and out of it.
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