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accepted in Salieri s eyes. This gives Salieri a sense of purpose and harmony in the world. He finally concludes that God has conducted the world designedly and orderly. However, an unanticipated glitch occurs in Salieri s harmonious universe when Mozart appears in Vienna. Mozart s unmistakable genius raises the most profound questions in Salieri s mind. Why would God give such precocious talent to this womanizing, childish, boy and not Salieri who has made a deal with God? What is at stake now is Salieri s very faith in the harmony in the world and reality. I ran home and buried my fear in my work … (kneeling desperately) Let your voice enter me! Since Salieri s entire life is devoted to God, in return that God grant him fame as a composer, he anticipated nothing more but to

be the greatest composer. In other words, he did not anticipate another composer to have a greater talent and quite possibly, more fame than himself. Suddenly, the awareness of his own mediocrity emerges. He realizes that all the hard work and time he has spent to complete his operas are in the end not very good at all, his sense of his own accomplishment is destroyed. Mozart s mere presence finally causes Salieri s faith in everything that he has known: his faith in himself, the universe and in God, to be emptied, Now for the first time I feel my emptiness as Adam felt his nakedness, (1,12). Salieri believes his music is finally inadequate and that God has found His voice within Mozart. The talent that Mozart clearly exemplifies leaves Salieri to conclude that God has ultimately

betrayed him. God s need is thus fulfilled within Mozart and no longer in Salieri. The pain of God s betrayal, the jealousy of Mozart s genius, and the awareness of the mediocrity of his own works leads Salieri to go against God, thus, against the Age of Reason. Salieri now believes that God is careless because of his random universe, and uncoordinated world, …He cares nothing for whom He uses…, (2,16). Salieri believes that God is no longer benevolent, but chaotic because He let Salieri s faith be destroyed. Hence, he no longer submits to God as he did previously. Salieri thus begins to succumb to his passions and becomes romantic in his criticism against God.Salieri s pact with God is then distinguished as he no longer lives a pure life that is solely devoted to Him.

Salieri suddenly becomes a womanizer himself. Salieri tries to woe Constanze but his attempts fail. He becomes so desperate that he even blackmails her. In addition, he also acquires a mistress for many years behind his wife s back. The mistress becomes the twenty one year old student, which he previously has vowed to keep his hands off of, Katherina. In addition to no longer living a chaste life, Salieri also surrounds himself with splendor. The successful lived with gold, and so would I!… (2,4). He no longer settled for plain things, he grew shining, giving parties, and worshipped refinement instead of God. The ultimate act that Salieri performs exemplifies the animosity he has towards God. My quarrel now wasn t with Mozart, it was through him! Through hum to God, who loved

him so, (2,1). Salieri s last performance, to finally destroy his pact with God, is to destroy God s beloved voice, Mozart. Salieri first plots to obliterate Mozart s career. He gives deceiving advice to Mozart to put in the private issues of his patron in his opera. Mozart is then left without any students. No positions to tutor the nobility is apparent and Mozart has previously lost his wife because of his constant illusion of his father. The only thing that he has left is his health and part of his sanity. But this is also to be demolished. The wickedest thing that Salieri does is dress up like in Don Giovanni and he would stop right underneath Mozart s window. Mozart thinks that it is his father telling him to write his Death mass. This is a character of guilt that constantly

haunts Mozart. Salieri then poisons Mozart as Mozart has poisoned him. In Salieri s contempt for God, he says to the dying Mozart that He has no use for Mozart any longer, that all Mozart can do now is to die. And so he does. Although Mozart does suffer loss, the loss of his life and career, and is somewhat responsible for his downfall, he does not evoke sympathy or recognition. However, it is Salieri who contains all four elements of a tragic hero. Salieri loses practically everything he has faith in before Mozart appears. He suffers from the loss of dignity, esteem, and honor. Salieri also recognizes something he has never felt before, that is the pain as I had never know it, (1,5), the pain from the beauty and delight of Mozart s music. Thus, recognizing the limitations of his