Beryl H. McCray
World Literature Themes
Antonio Salieri shared a fanciful vision of his life with his audience, in Peter Schaffer
play, Amadeus. His self-conscious, expressionistic views, not only provide the audience with
useful information, but allow a glimpse of his inner thoughts, as once a famous musician in
Vienna. The play is structured like a confession, which my explortation will reveal deep truths
about human inequality, rebellion, pride, envy, and his relentless character that may be deemed
Amadeus is based on the lives of two famous composers Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and
Antonio Salieri. The title of the play name means “God – lover” or “Loved by God” and gives a
ironic reference to Salieri relationship with God.
At the opening of the play, Mozart and Salieri have not met in person, but have heard of
the other music. Salieri is thrilled at the chance to meet Mozart at a time both composition will
Salieri cannot match the personality and the charm of Mozart with the massive genius
that God has bestowed upon him to compose beautiful music. He cannot believe God would
reject him and choose another.
Schaffer play is presented in a factual and artistic form that reveals the struggles, guilt
and need for the redemption of mankind. Redemption connotes the deliverance of man from the
enslavement of sin. Throughout the play, Salieri had been possessed by one driving desire, to
serve God through music, but he struggled with the perception of the falsehood of God choosing
He is in distress with his findings that the true voice of God seems to have emanated from
his childhood. As a child, he made a pact with God vowing to give his life in exchange for fame.
One of his greatest desires was to make beautiful music, in reverence to God.
Thus, he believed God’s favor of Mozart ingenious caused him to become mute, and he
decried the mediocrity of his writings. He felt the success of a popular composer depends on his
melody, but with his inability to speak, he’d no longer be admonished. His music was written to
When Salieri heard Mozart play, he was stirred with indignation and began to question
God. “Why did you give Mozart the talent”? He confesses that through Mozart’s music, he
hears “the voice of God.” Salieri question why such a “vulgar creature” is favored and wishes he
was as good a musician.
Thus, he begins to question the value of his moral life and rejects God. Salieri believed
God is one that makes bargains and one that will take a bargain back. He revolted against God
and felt betrayal.
Individuals are held responsible for the gifts and talents of God. Salieri had been
entrusted with the gifts of God for a season. Unknowing, “All are equal in the sight of God” and
he will rain on the unjust as well as the just.” God is the giver of all gifts and there is variance.
The attitude you embrace in life, determines your level of success and well being.
However, without the right knowledge of God, we can’t receive from Him or experience the
overflow of His blessings. God will give grace to the humble and resist the proud. All should
strive to posses the virture of humility.
Throughout the play Salieri masquerades as Mozart colleague, while at the same time he
makes an oath to do all in his power to destroy his success. In this scene, Salieri presents a
dramatic argument of play that suggests the idea to murder Mozart. He had thoughts to know
how it would feel to kill
Salieri wanted to triumph through the life, fame and the music of Mozart. He worshipped
and idolized the brillance of Mozart. He wanted to confess his inner feelings with Mozart and
ask for forgiveness.
Mozart did not have a personal...
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