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Amadeus - Is there a hero, and if so who?

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Amadeus - Is there a hero, and if so who? 'Amadeus' written by Peter Shaffer has presented a good question. Is there a hero in the play or not, and if so who is it? The people that it could be are God, Salieri and Mozart. They all have their reasons for being the hero, but I'm going to see if I can find who the hero is meant to be, if any. God isn't mentioned much in the play, but he is an important part of it. Mozart is only seen and explained through Salieri's eyes, meaning that the account given by Salieri could be biased. This also means that Salieri would only mention what he wants. Firstly we should establish what the word hero means. To be a hero you normally need certain characteristics, like having courage, or to be admired by your outstanding achievements. At this moment I would say that Mozart is the hero, because he possesses the outstanding musical achievements. ...read more.


Normally if there is a hero they always survive, or end up victorious. As Salieri survives, and Mozart dies then it is possible to say that Salieri is the hero, but the counter argument is that Mozart may have died, but he has become famous through his music, and Salieri hasn't. Firstly we should talk about the good and bad deeds that Salieri did. At the beginning he joins a committee to help the poor, and he seems like a character with noble ambitions, which is in contention for being the hero of the book. This changes however halfway through the book when he makes God his enemy. "You are the Enemy! I name Thee now -Nemico Eterno! And this I swear. To my last breath I shall block you on earth as far as I am able!" The only way that he thought he could get through to God was through his 'incarnation', Mozart. ...read more.


He then goes on to say, "By tonight they'll hear out there, how I died - and they'll believe it's true!" What he is trying to say is that when he kills Mozart people will remember him for that when they find the confession and them both dead. In the end however even though Salieri tries to kill himself he fails, meaning that he didn't become famous for killing Mozart. No one believed him, so he failed, and therefore surely can't be the hero. I still don't think that God can be the hero, because his "incarnation" dies. This leaves me to say that the book doesn't really have a hero, but if you were to talk about the play nowadays most people will say that Mozart, therefore God, are the heroes because they have become famous. As the book is written through Salieri's eyes, he isn't going to admit if the hero is Mozart, or God, so the answer to the title would have to be there is no hero in the play according to my opinion. ...read more.

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