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Amadeus and the Mark of Cain

Juxtapose the Biblical story of Cain and Abel with Milos Forman’s film Amadeus. Posit that the relationship between Salieri and Mozart mirrors the relationship between Cain and Abel.

Salieri perceives that God has betrayed his faith by granting more talent to Mozart, similar to the ways in which Cain feels that God has given Abel the upper hand. While Mozart’s cause of death was not murder, Salieri repeatedly expresses a desire to kill him. Salieri also spends so much time manipulating Mozart, while Mozart spends most of his time composing; similar to the work ethic of Cain and Abel.

At the end of the film, Salieri attempts to play God by "absolving" himself and his fellow psych ward inmates, much like Cain tries to play God by taking away a life.

  • Sorry I didn't mean to mark that as fixed, I just wanted to thank you for the note. I thought I was so witty and original for thinking of this! In all honesty, I'd much rather explore a different topic based on this recent discovery. But I'm glad you told me about this research. I'm reading the article now! – DrownSoda 7 years ago
  • Unfortunately, I haven't seen Amadeus, but this makes me want to check it out. :) – Stephanie M. 7 years ago
  • Genius! You have a talent for seeing connections. – Munjeera 7 years ago