The Play "Amadeus" Is Mainly Concerned With The Destructive Nature Of Jealousy


The play "Amadeus" is Mainly Concerned With the Destructive Nature of
Jealousy
This passage is all too true, both in Peter Shaffer's ‘Amadeus' and in life
in general. However the play is also concerned with the destructive nature
of ignorance and naivety. Salieri is jealous not just of Mozart's talent,
but of the fact that God gave the talent to “Mozart … spiteful, sniggering,
conceited, infantine Mozart”. He is envious of the vessel of God's
laughter at the ‘patron saint of mediocrity' as he had dubbed himself. Not
only did God double-cross Salieri, but he did it using this “obscene child”.
It was this jealousy and the rage it inspired that caused Salieri to
attempt to kill Mozart by ...

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time churning out music in final
copy, which, although beautiful, doesn't earn money as would teaching music.


Mozart is really the one who should be jealous, as he has little in the way
of money or assets, or even respect. All he has is his talent and his
priceless music, but not the sense he needs to capitalise on it.

It isn't the fact that someone has more talent than him, the problem is, as
he sees it, that he isn't as good as someone else after making a bargain
with God, which should guarantee that he is the best in the world at least
until he dies. But no. “I know myself forever mediocre” he cries as he
realises that the gift given to him by God only exists to allow him to
recognise the greatness and incomparable beauty of the music of God. It is
at this moment he resolves to condemn God in everything he does. He
cancels all his appointments to help poor musicians, to break his vow of
social virtue. He then seduces Katherina Cavalieri to break his vow of
sexual virtue. ...

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