Mozart's The Magic Flute: Remarkable Music and Hidden Symbols

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Humanities II Take-home Essay

The Magic Flute

One of the most mysterious, mystifying plays of all time, The Magic Flute by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart is a fairy tale love story at first site, but in reality has much deeper themes and meanings. The Magic Flute is largely known for it’s remarkable music and hidden symbols. The number three is widely incorporated as a symbol of masculinity and wholeness of the self. According to The Two Faces of Creativity, chapter 10 of Coming to Our Senses by Morris Berman, Mozart belongs to the type II category of creativity. This category is described by creativity having been repressed, but not completely. In Mozart’s early years, his father ruled his musical ability and completely took over his life. However, as time went on Mozart started to take control of his life and talent and that is when the real creativity showed. Mozart’s father is represented in The Magic Flute by the character of Sarastro. He is loved by all and on page 334 of Coming to Our Senses described as “the priest of love”.

The Heroic Cycle is a journey a person takes to find their inner Self and become enlightened. In order to begin the Heroic Cycle a person must have a call to adventure and must be willing to risk everything they have to enter the transcendent realms and become whole. In The Magic Flute Tamino and Pamina and Papageno and Papagena are two sets of twins who are essentially two parts of one person. In order to become that one whole person the two boys must go through rough tests and trials to become men, fulfill their purpose, and reach their other halves. The initiations are “a quest of the human soul for both inner harmony and enlightenment by characters who are joint participants in one being, one psyche or one soul.” (Page 8, A Masonic Vision) These trials of initiation are a time for Tamino and Papageno to really get to know themselves and who they really are. In The Passion of Isis and Osiris, Jean Houston...
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