The Theme Of Mrs Midas

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The original story of Midas is from a Greek Mythology. He makes a wish, which gives him the ability to be able to turn everything he touches into gold. However, he eventually dies of starvation as a result of his ‘vain prayer’ for the golden touch. This morality tale tells us to be careful about what we wish for. Mrs. Midas is a poem written from the point of view of the wife of the mythical King Midas. She speaks against her husband’s actions and slowly separates herself from him. This poem conveys negative characteristic of men.

In the poem Mrs. Midas, the power of the husband over the wife shows how complicated the relationship is. When her husband is in the garden, plucking a pear from a tree, she observes how the pear in his hand shines
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Mrs. Midas finally admits that “we all have wishes; granted.” This shows that she finally admits that her husband “has wish granted.” However, the mood adjusts and readers feel sympathy for Mrs. Midas.

A child with “perfect ore limbs” is what Mrs. Midas dreams of. This phrase is moving as it reminds the readers that she is not able to have human children. Ultimately, the marriage terminates and she watches her husband’s decline from a safe distance. She symbolizes the position of many wives. Midas forgot his wife. Mrs. Midas misses “most, even now, his hands, his warm hands, his touch.” She is in need for warmth and affection, yet she is in loneliness.

In the original story of Midas, the society believes that Midas faces a tragic end as he wished for too much, and was too selfish. His death tells the public that one should be careful of what they wish for. However, Duffy challenges this idea in Mrs. Midas. Even though Midas has the golden touch, in the poem, it does not seem like he faces tragedy, yet Mrs. Midas does. She is slowly forgotten by her husband and eventually ends the marriage because of his wish. She is not able to take action even though she is hurt, yet she just steps back and suffers in
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