For the three collective stories that I have chosen, all tend to revolve around mythical/fairy tale levels of reality, which still reflect the dangers of greed revolving around material wealth even today.
The first of there stories revolves around King Midas and the Golden Touch, a story about a man with an obsession with gold, going so far as to name his daughter Marigold after the flower that grew in his kingdom. When he aided a God (some say Dionysus others say Apollo) they granted him leave to make a wish, he wished for everything he touched to be turned to gold. Of course things went well for a few minutes, then he realized everything he tried to eat or drink turned to gold. The biggest lesson came when his Daughter touched his arm in concern, and thus she was turned into a Golden Statue.
This story warns against letting obsession for wealth and gold outweigh that of the love of family and people. And that again, one should be careful about what they wish for, especially when it comes as a shiny metal.
“Myth of King Midas and His Golden Touch – Greeka.com.” Greeka. Web. 11 Feb. 2016. <http://www.greeka.com/greece-myths/king-midas.htm>.
The second of these stories revolves around the imp known as Rumpelstiltskin, who was said to be able to weave gold from straw in the Brothers Grimm tale. In this tale, a boastful farmer claims his daughter can spin straw into gold, this of course is taken literally and she’s taken by a King to a room filled with straw and ordered to spin it to gold, else she’ll be killed. Of course the subject of the tale arrives and offers to spin the straw for her necklace. He does so, but the girl is given more straw, to which he spins for her ring. The final night, she has to spin a whole room filled with straw into gold, and now with nothing left, Rumpelstiltskin offers to spin the straw if she’ll give him her first born child. She agrees, however, when she does have a child, she cannot do it.
This story has less to do with the main character (the Farmer’s daughter) wanting wealth for herself, but more so for her own well-being and life. This either implies that life is either less, equal or more than gold depending on what lens one analyzes with. The price for Gold, being more and more costly as time goes on, from a necklace, to a ring, to an infant, all to preserve one life.
“Short Stories: Rumpelstiltskin by Brothers Grimm.” Short Stories: Rumpelstiltskin by Brothers Grimm. Web. 11 Feb. 2016. <http://www.eastoftheweb.com/short-stories/UBooks/Rum.shtml>.
For the final story, I am going to have fun with this one. The DreamWorks animated film The Road to El Dorado a tale of two con-men who find the mythical city of gold and are proclaimed as gods. An interesting story, with two men in pursuit of gold and elevated in a paradise of the gold, but even then, they must leave the paradise, under threat of death should they be discovered.
“The Road to El Dorado.” The Road to El Dorado. DreamWorks Studios. Web. 11 Feb. 2016.