Conflict in Amadeus

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I believe the central conflict in Amadeus is...man versus self.

The movie Amadeus begins with an elderly Antonio Salieri attempting to take his life. I believe Salieri came to this conclusion after he could no longer the shame of his role in Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's death. Although some may easily assume the central conflict in the movie was man versus man, I would have to disagree because Mozart was never in competition with Salieri and considered Salieri to be a colleague and friend; even though Salieri was always competing with Mozart, it takes two to compete. Some may also assume the central conflict is man versus nature, God the creator, since Salieri questions God's actions. Salieri even prayed to God to make him a great composer, famous to the world and a miracle to occur that would allow him to pursue a career in music against his father's wishes. So when his father met an early demise Salieri thought it was a miracle!
I believe the central conflict was man verse self, but it was hidden by his disgust for Mozart. Mozart was everything Salieri vowed to not become; a giggling dirty minded creature. Salieri was jealous of Mozart, which is the foundation of the conflict. It did not matter how famous or wealthy Salieri would become, he would never be as gifted or have the musical genius of Mozart. Even though Salieri was a fan of Mozart, his ego could not rationalize how genius Mozart truly was. Salieri made several references to the perfection of Mozart's music, as if it holy like a scripture from the Bible. Oddly enough, this fueled Salieri's hatred and jealousy for Mozart even more. He made several attempts to sabotage Mozart's musical works without prevail but found brief moments of gratification when he was able to damage his credibility as an music instructor which affected Mozart's main source of income and financial…...

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