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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

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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 starving him

of work and students, and thus, money and food. If Salieri had not restricted

the amount of work actually shown to the general public, then Mozart could have

been wealthy, and quite possibly selected as the new Kapellmeister.

Mozart doesn’t understand the importance of pleasing members of the Viennese

court. He has no comprehension of the value of money, for when he successfully

earns any, he spends it on lavish food and clothes immediately, instead of

saving it. He spends all his 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…

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