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Story summary: King Midas Part 2

After freeing himself of the golden touch Midas becomes a worshiper of Pan and is entranced by his music. When a boastful Pan angers Apollo they hold a musical contest to decide who is the better musician. The mountain Tmolus judges Apollo the winner but Midas, who has overheard the contest, challenges the result, thereby incurring the Apollo’s anger. The god punishes the king by giving him the ears of an ass. Midas tries to hide them under a turban but has to share his secret with his barber. Burdened by his secret, the barber attempts to bury it in the ground only to have the reeds reveal, when the winds blow through them: ‘Midas has the ears of an ass.’

Key themes

Secrets
Judgement/Choices/Values
Speech and silence

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