This essay introduces the Girardian model of conflictive imitation to explain the rivalry between the two main protagonists of The Prestige, Alfred Borden and Robert Angier. Furthermore it will be argued that the protagonists are representatives of two schools of utopian thought. Finally, boundless desire resulting from conflictive imitation can be seen as the reason for the failure of Angier’s pursuit of scientific utopia that consequently becomes a dystopian reality.
"Man’s Desire Exceeds His Grasp – The Prestige as Utopia,"
Journal of Religion & Film: Vol. 14
, Article 7.
Available at: http://digitalcommons.unomaha.edu/jrf/vol14/iss1/7