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The Prestige: What Blinds a Person

Posted by C Moon on December 7, 2007


The movie, The Prestige, is based on Christopher Priest’s novel. It contains a fantasy novel aspect in that a hat, a cat, and a person are cloned by an electric device that Nikola Tesla, a scientist, made. The key components of the story are sacrifice for honor, obsessive tenacity of revenge, life without truth, and obsessive revenge leading to rack and ruin.

The conflict starts with the death of Julia, who was an assistant of the teacher magician and was the wife of Rupert Angier, one of young magicians under the teacher. Rupert suspects Alfred Borden, another young magician under the same teacher, to be the direct reason for Julia’s death. Her death turned friendly competition between the two to dangerous and bitter rivalry, endangering not only themselves but also people around them.

Rupert is obsessed by revenge for Julia’s death. He becomes more and more enraged at Alfred’s happy family life and success as a magician. Rupert resolutely plans to steal all of Alfred’s magic and thoroughly ruin him. At the end of The Prestige, Rupert even risks, or gambles with, his own life in order to carry out his vengeance. Tension escalates in a series of retaliation that Rupert and Albert constantly reciprocate.

The Prestige persuasively shows us what blinds a person. Angier makes revenge the ultimate goal of his life. Borden falls a sacrifice to honor, leading a life without truth, and accepts what he has to endure. After all, being extreme leads to a dire extremity.

For another review, read this posting by Brenton Taylor 🙂

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Photo Credits: “The Prestige” by Vincent Yeh © on Flickr

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