Amadeus Essay 1

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Beryl H. McCray
World Literature Themes
Professor Jenkins

Essay #3


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

be played.

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

glorify God.

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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