Amadeus Characters

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Audience

Salieri often addresses the audience to gain their support and understanding as the scenes shift back to the play's present. At the beginning of the play, when Salieri asks the members of the audience to be visible to him, the house lights go up so he can see them. He then tells them he is at their service and that he wants them to be his confessors. At the play's end, he warns the audience that they also will feel "the dreadful bite" of their failures, and when they do, Salieri as Patron Saint of Mediocrities will absolve them.

Emperor of Austria

See Joseph II

God

Salieri presents the audience with his subjective vision of God as "an old candle-smoked God in a mulberry robe, staring at the world with dealer's eyes.. . Those eyes made bargains, real and irreversible." God becomes Salieri's "cunning Enemy," whom he continually tries...

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