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Tragic Flaw of King Midas

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Landie Callanan

on 17 January 2014

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Transcript of Tragic Flaw of King Midas

What is Tragic Flaw?
A tragic flaw is a literary term that refers to a personality trait of a main character that leads to his or her downfall. In other words, a character with a tragic flaw is in need of some kind of attitude adjustment.
Tragic Flaw
King Midas' Golden Touch
Who was King Midas?
Midas, King of Phrygia was actually very kind.

The king LOVED gold more than anything except his charming, young daughter, Marigold.

When walking one day in his garden, Midas was lured by a delicious smell of wine and he discovers an elderly satyr, asleep.

Turns out that the satyrs name was Seilenos and he was a companion of Dionysos, the god of wine.

Being a kind man, Midas showed him great hospitality and for that, Dionysos granted him one wish.

Only having gold on his mind and thinking it would be a blessing, King Midas wished for a golden touch.
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This wish was caused by his tragic flaw of greed.
The Golden Touch
Midas thought that his wish was the GREATEST idea of all time. He would be rich in no time!

One day, he was walking in his beautiful garden and wanted to pick a flower to smell it, but with his “blessing,” the flower turned to gold.

Midas, being mortal, could not go long without food or water, but each time he tried to eat food or drink wine, it turned to gold.

By the time Midas understood that his "blessing" was really a curse, his loving daughter was turned to gold by his very hand.

His wish for a golden touch caused his downfall.
The King's downfall
Midas, now grieving, but still the loving king that he was, saw that if continued to live with the curse, he would turn the whole kingdom into gold.

He prayed to Dionysos to take away the golden curse and to put everything back to the way it was.

Feeling pity for him, Dionysos granted him this last wish. Midas was instructed to go to the river Pactolus and bathe himself in it. The legend goes that ancient Greeks have said that everything found in this river was golden because Midas’ golden touch was transferred to the sands of the river.

Midas returns to his palace discovering that everything was normal and his daughter was alive and moving!

The kind king became an even more loving, giving generously his goods to the people of the kingdom.

He wasn’t as rich as he once wanted to be, but Midas felt that he was the richest man in the world because he had the real things that matter in life.
Lesssons Learned
Gold/money will not buy happiness in life.
Treasure the people you love, not the objects that you possess.
Be careful what you wish for because you just might get it!
Never be tempted by greed as it will lead to your downfall.
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