Chapter abstracts are short descriptions of events that occur in each chapter. They highlight major plot events and detail the important relationships and characteristics of characters and objects. The Chapter Abstracts can be used to review what the students have read, or to prepare the students for what they will read. Hand the abstracts out in class as a study guide, or use them as a "key" for a class discussion. They are relatively brief, but can serve to be an excellent refresher of the text for either a student or teacher.
Act 1, Part 1 Abstract
* Salieri, as an old man, addresses the audience, which he refers to as 'ghosts of the future.'
* He declares he must confess to the sin of gluttony.
* Salieri describes his ecstatic love of music and his desire to praise God through this art.
* He describes his ardent wish for fame through music...
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