Essay about Analysis of Amadeus

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Once upon a time, heroes were identified as people who fought and slayed monsters while saving mankind. However, the definition of a hero has changed dramatically over time. Now, a hero can even be an ordinary everyday person. Even though their appearances may have changed however, there is still a pattern, a so called “archetypal hero.” Such can be seen in Mozart, in the movie “Amadeus.” Mozart, although he does not look or acts like a hero, is undisputedly a hero. In the beginning of the movie, he is portrayed as an extremely vile creature, and yet, with great musical talent. As the movie progresses, Mozart transforms and his personality grows to fit his great musical talent.

In the beginning of the movie, Mozart, while
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He shows similar talent when he plays the rather bland march Salieri had written in his honor when he was visiting the emperor, while turning it into a masterpiece, which becomes later the music for The Marriage of Figaro. Despite such personality flaws however, Mozart gains great popularity in Vienna, and continues his career there, under the Emperor of Germany, who commissions him to work in his court.

However, as his musical talent becomes greater, the public begins to turn away from him, making Mozart desperate. As Mozart stays in Vienna, his musical talent flourishes. For example, his controversial opera, The Marriage of Figaro is extremely successful. This shows that he proves himself, which is the next archetypal phase of the hero’s journey. His next opera, Don Giovanni, after his father dies, to show the guilt he felt. As Salieri observes, the dead commandant was Mozart’s reincarnation of his own father, brought back to scold his own son. This also is part of proving himself, while it also shows the leaving of his family; his father was his only living family member, other than his wife and kids. However, people begin to notice his obscene personality, and are disturbed by it. For one thing, the nobles of Vienna hate Mozart for the brilliance which shines through his non-traditional approaches. They constantly try to alter Mozart’s opera to suit their purposes, which is shown in his opera, The

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