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INTERVIEW WITH THE VAMPIRE by. Anne Rice. Based on the novel by. Anne Rice. April Second Draft. FOR EDUCATIONAL. PURPOSES ONLY. author Anne Rice and her Vampire Chronicles and how her writing helped Interview with the Vampire () was written 19 years earlier. "Lestat is more than a sequel to Interview; it's also a prequel and a supplement vampires. In Anne Rice's hands, vampires have come of age. They now have.
For an extensive approach to this topic, see Bohn and Anttonen. Whose all-seeing eyes were meant to give them detachment. The ability to see a human life in its entirety, not with any mawkish sorrow but with a thrilling satisfaction in being the end of that life, in having a hand in the divine plan. Rice Particularly the latter, predatory viewpoint enhances the animalistic image of vampires; both inhuman and above humans. Here, vampires essentially treat humans the way humans treat animals, as a food source.
The coven in Paris talks about killing humans in a similar manner that humans might talk about going on a hunt All other vampires need to make a conscious moral choice at one point or another during their existence, but no matter how inhuman they behave or see themselves, their actions are still informed by their pre-vampiristic mortal life and the experiences they gathered throughout.
Claudia however was turned into a vampire when she was five years old, and is thus introduced to vampirism with a childish instinctual innocence. As time passes, Claudia becomes more demanding and more selective in her victims Louis consistently describes her as inhuman, and even she herself is aware of the fact that there is nothing human about herself: Therefore Claudia can be seen as the prime vampire, the only vampire who does not have any conception of what it is to be human, and with nothing to gain from such knowledge.
In this sense, she might have more in common with the mindless instinctual vampires that they find in Europe than she believes. Furthermore, she is the only one of her kind, for the vampire codex as described by the vampires in Paris forbids the creation of child vampires as they are doomed to be helpless and unable to be self-sufficient for all eternity.
She is constantly dependent on grown-up vampires to help her through life simply because of her physique, and her suffering stems from being unable to grow up, to become self-sufficient and self-reliable, instead stuck in the body of a little girl while her mind ages and matures. She is incredibly intelligent and sophisticated, which in combination with her childish innocence creates a chilling effect. Her character, then, is one that investigates the nature of evil in the most elaborate manner.
Renner explains that this is a rather universal characteristic of evil children in film and literature: Is the evil child the result of an imperfect environment and thus redeemable, or a sign of inherent corruption? Our explanation for the evil child mirrors the way we view ourselves: Claudia however is aware of herself and the situation. Louis, too, is aware of this: Claudia starts to hate both Lestat and Louis after finding out the truth about her creation, and she kills Lestat, explaining it as a logical decision that was almost inevitable: I can get nothing from him!
And he causes me pain, which I will not abide! Louis is shocked about her immoral, unemotional and calculated attitude that might have been prevented if she had consciously experienced her insertion into a moral framework before she became a vampire. She only regrets killing Lestat because she is afraid that Louis might leave her, activating her survival instinct, not because she recognises that her actions were wrong ; this is one of the reasons why the vampire coven in Paris executes her.
Keeping such findings in mind, her capability for actual emotion is debatable. Although Louis and her are lovers and she is very passionate about her suffering, her main expressed emotion is anger and hatred. This is exemplified by Louis once he casts aside his human side: Only in her later works do the older vampires consciously adapt a moral code as well and make it part of their vampire identity This departs significantly from the novel, in which they first meet at a bar Rice 9.
The many elements and sub-plots that are eliminated in the film make it more straightforward and less introspective than the novel; core conversations about vampire nature in relation to evil are kept in the film, thus marking this aspect as essential. Lestat still insists on evil being a viewpoint, and Armand Antonio Banderas insists on it being irrelevant. Tom Cruise depicts Lestat as a superficial, mocking villain for whom the question of killing is an aesthetic one.
Indeed, humans are often referred to the way that humans might refer to animal products, which again reinforces the parallelism to the food chain. Therefore, the film introduces a potential moral component to Lestat, too, one that is largely absent from the novel but explored in the rest of the Vampire Chronicles.
Lestat is often presented as a 2 All transcripts of the film script are done by myself. Claudia Kirsten Dunst becomes quite a different character in the film than in the novel. Although still an evil child vampire, her coldness and inhumanity that is very often referred to in the novel is not portrayed as consistently in the film.
Most importantly, the significant insights about her lack of conscience and human nature are missing. Instead, the film plays with her appearance much more than the novel is able to. With film being a visual medium, the viewer is unable to forget the other aspect that determines her existence and suffering in both works: Her innocent physical features and expressions are presented in stark contrast to her murderous actions, especially when feeding or killing Lestat.
The family dynamics that are portrayed here are oftentimes shown to be ironic and humorous, but carry a dark morbid undertone.
Claudia grows up to be a spoiled child and, later, a spoiled woman in the body of a child, who is used to getting whatever she wants and is truly insatiable. For instance, she kills a seamstress who is working on her dress, or the piano teacher who annoys her by correcting her too much Fig. Her frustration grows over time and even leads to her hiding a dead woman among her dolls simply because she envies the feminine endorsements that she will never possess. Similar to the novel, she awakens with the insatiable hunger of a child and is portrayed as innocent, not quite understanding what she is doing when feeding on humans.
The progress in refining her ways of killing is shown in the successive, rather humorous scenes mentioned above. Her childish innocence is maintained in her mannerisms. She hugs Louis and Lestat frequently, but starts to behave more adult once they are in Paris; an impression partly conveyed through her hairstyle and the way she dresses.
Still, she is a much more emotional character in the film than in the novel. In these scenes, the film often breaks the fourth wall, with the actors staring directly at the spectator and thus communicating the direct erotic danger of the act Fig.
The last shot of Louis depicts him as monstrous and inhuman, too Fig. Have you heard enough? The novel portrays this much more clearly than the film, which conveys this point largely by visually contrasting her innocent appearance and the horrifying actions that she carries out. These four vampires are the ones that truly matter in this novel; the rest of the Parisian vampire coven is eliminated because they are too decadent and superficial.
This ambivalence is one that contemporary society, with a rising interest in the gradations of evil and a current abundance of fascinating villains, is strongly immersed in as well. In the academic context, too, there is a rising interest in dealing specifically with this matter. Margaret L. To her a! He remarks that with each modification of the vampire the new vampire becomes more human, however, the depiction of their relationships with humans becomes less important and serves a lesser purpose Zanger In that novel readers meet David Talbot, who had!
Lestat eventually becomes what might be considered as good friends with him and this friendship develops into a greatly affectionate relationship. Another effect Zanger notes is the sympathy of the reader has shifted from the potential victim to the vampire Zanger McGinley discusses, that by shifting the narrative perspective Rice further modernizes the vampires McGinley Martin J.
Wood gives a detailed analysis of the changes Rice has produced within her novels and with these changes she has changed the whole vampire tradition. That is, no matter how much the vampires attract us, there is always something aberrant underneath.
They do not transform into bats, fog or wolves, as Dracula does, nor do they seem to, when it comes to feeding, prefer either sex to the other Wood 61 Ramsland Benefiel Moreover the location of the vampire has changed.
The Gothic castle on the hill is no more, the vampire lives next door and might even offer to babysit for you. By her father was remarried and had the opportunity to be resituated within his job at the post office to the regional office in Dallas, Texas Ramsland Up until this point Anne had been educated in Catholic schools, now almost seventeen and living in Richardson a suburb of Dallas she was for the first time in a secular public school!
Ramsland He was a year younger than she and had also just transferred to Richardson. Rice found that North Texas State University was not for her so after only six weeks she left and moved to San Francisco. In San Francisco Rice became independent but also lonely Ramsland At the same time in Denton however, Stan was gaining some experiences of his own.
He wrote her a long letter and Rice immediately wrote back as her love for him had never died away and they continued to correspond with each other Ramsland One morning she received a special delivery letter, it was from Stan asking her to be his wife and soon they were married Ramsland For a while their life was good, they moved to San Francisco where they attended classes and they spent most of their time studying and working Ramsland And then in the middle of all this disarray Rice became pregnant Ramsland They were both ecstatic and Rice was looking!
On September 21 , Rice gave birth to their daughter and they named her Michele Ramsland She saw homosexuality as a physical realization of that ideal and looked to gay men as figures that exhibited the erotic aspects of gender while transcending the negative aspects.
A man who transcends gender, she felt, sees the world more clearly. Ramsland It was during this time that the first inkling of the idea of her vampire story came to life. During that stay Rice decided to write one story per night as an exercise. As it turns out one of these stories was about a cynical vampire. This story she took out several times to work on but ended up putting it away unfinished. Their life went on quite the same for the next four years. Then their daughter Michele became very ill and at the age of four years old she was diagnosed with acute granulocytic leukemia Ramsland Despite these difficult times Rice decided to finish her masters degree and graduated in , during which time Michele was not doing so well Ramsland Although they had been aware, during her two-!
The next period in their life after the death of Michele was one of heavy drinking. Rice Begins to Write The loss of their daughter put a strain on their marriage but Rice and Stan made a decision to get through this together and renewed their commitment to each other.
Stan already had a career but Rice at the age of thirty-two had basically nothing Ramsland Rice joined a group of women who also wanted to be writers and developed close friendships, especially with a woman named Carolyn Doty Ramsland They had dinner together when Stan was teaching in the evenings and would discuss art and the writings of others but not so much what they were working on themselves.
They were writers that had European-American voices. I felt they had a lot to teach me.
She was not aware at the time that she would soon take her place among American storytellers of the supernatural. Ramsland Finally Rice sat down and began to write Ramsland She took out her vampire short story and began working on it to send it to a competition.
There was no way of knowing the immense change this story would! The tale begins with the vampire Louis who is telling a journalist about his life before and after he became a vampire. He was a wealthy plantation owner supporting his mother, sister and brother in New Orleans.
Louis refuses and Paul in a rage walks to the top of the stairs, throws himself into the air causing him to fall and break his neck Ramsland This is where the emotions flared up for Rice and she began to write almost unconsciously Ramsland Williamson observes that the figure of the vampire as a rebellious outsider is not!
As Williamson notes, rumors of, incest, infidelity and especially homosexuality had made him exile from the London society Williamson McGinley quotes Frances M.
Doherty in her description of Lestat saying: In Lestat, there is a splendidly aristocratic figure who has been corrupted from good to evil, largely by events beyond his own control, a natural leader of men, though basically an independent figure, at odds with others, someone with an unshakable pride, ungovernable passions and a ravaged heart. He feels immensely guilty over the fact that he has to kill to sustain himself and he tries very!
To McGinley Lestat and Louis each displays different sides of the Byronic hero making them polar opposites. Using John D. The story as was described before is about the vampire Louis and his life right before and after he is made a vampire.
He has decided to tell his story to a reporter, of how he was made a vampire by Lestat De Lioncourt. Lestat and Louis make a child a vampire after Louis had lost his control and drunk her blood. Her vulnerability called out to him. Claudia kills Lestat and she and Louis go to Europe to find others like them as they seek answers to their origins, answers that Lestat would never give them. In Paris they find Armand and his coven and Louis falls in love with him.
Apparently it is a sin among the vampires to make a child a vampire. He and Armand are together for a while but eventually they grow apart from each other and Armand leaves him. At this Louis attacks him, drinks his blood but does not kill him. The reporter wakes up and the first thing on his mind is to find Lestat. Interview W ith The V ampire gained much attention for many things but one specific element that attracted a large following were the homoerotic aspects of the novel.
Our bodies were one, connected by this sterile organ which was no more to him now than his arm, but how I loved the arm he threw over me and the lips he pressed to my forehead. Rice So the act is possible but not necessary or desired.
Considering the fact that when the vampire makes a vampire he becomes the parent, therefore, when Louis and Lestat create Claudia in an odd way, Louis became both her brother and father but also her lover.
Even though there is no physical sexual contact, there is obviously a sexual relationship between Louis and Claudia as Louis claims himself in Interview with the V ampire,!
She lived to put her arms around my neck and press her tiny cupid's bow to my lips and put her gleaming eye to my eye until our lashes touched and, laughing, we reeled about the room as if to the wildest waltz.
Father and Daughter. Lover and Lover. The story begins with Lestat awaking in after having been slumbering in the ground since He awakens to the sound of rock music and decides to become an eighties rock star.
From this novel on, it is clear that Lestat has become the main character of the V ampire Chronicles. Louis is still there but almost always in the background. He decides to tell his own story, from his childhood to his present state. He was made a vampire by force by vampire named Magnus who then committed suicide.
Left with no guidance, Lestat makes his mother Gabriella and his best friend Nicolas into vampires as well. However, Nicolas does not cope well with his new life and ends his existence by going into the sun.
During this time Lestat and his mother have met Armand. Lestat seeks for answers about the meaning of his vampiric life and its origins but Armand has no answers for him, only telling him of his own maker Marius who might have the knowledge he seeks. Lestat becomes obsessed with finding Marius and! Gabriella leaves him and Marius eventually approaches Lestat and tells him about the origins of vampires from ancient Egypt and of Akasha and Enkil the mother and father of all vampires.
They are however as statues and have not moved for thousands of years but Lestat nevertheless awakens Akasha and she allows him to drink her blood as she takes his blood.
At this Enkil wakes up, and throws Lestat from Akasha. Marius arrives just in time to save Lestat but then he tells Lestat he must leave. All this happens before Lestat finds Louis and Claudia. He has a different perspective on their little family life than Louis has told of in Interview with the V ampire.
Lestat angers other vampires because he becomes a public figure as a rock star and is telling the secrets of their existence. In the end of the story Lestat holds a huge rock concert where many vampires have gathered with the intention of killing him. However, the novel ends in suspense with Akasha the Queen awoken and she takes Lestat. He therefore goes to extreme limits of evil, almost hoping to be struck down by God, so at least he would know of His existence.
Armand eventually turns Daniel into a vampire. This can be seen in the relationship between Louis and Lestat, Claudia and Lestat although Schopp is only mentioning the relationships between men, it is also evident between men and women , Lestat and Nicolas, Lestat and his mother, and in later novels between Marius and Pandora.
The Queen of the Damned The next novel in the Chronicles is The Queen of the Damned where the story continues from when Akasha has taken Lestat at his concert. The Queen has kidnapped Lestat to help her accomplish her plans for the creation of a new world.
She intends to make the world right after all the cruelty and injustice caused by men over the centuries, especially against women. To accomplish this she plans to, along with Lestat kill 99 percent of the male population on earth Guiley Readers are also introduced to! Maharet, a vampire as old as the Queen and Maharet tells how she and her twin sister Mekare came to be vampires shortly after the King and Queen were made.
Akasha has also sent forth her forceful strength to kill other vampires, mostly the new and young ones. So they cannot destroy Akasha without destroying themselves. Although there have been female vampires before The Queen of the Damned, it is in this book that Rice depicts her strong female characters.
Akasha of course is very strong but ultimately evil as her plan was to get rid of almost all the men in the world. She feels that the female characters are mostly powerless although they can be wise and strong they are more often than not depicted as isolated and alone Antoni Wood has another notion of the females in The Queen of the Damned.
I rather agree with Wood regarding this point rather than Antoni. Although the female characters are not as noticeable as the male characters, my notion was always!
Which differs from Lestat who always needs to be in the center of attention, that could be connected to his acting career in his mortal life and considering the fact that he chose to become a rock star, it seems evident that he needs the attention. Even though Akasha is quite evil, her plan was to make the world a better place but her solution to eliminate all men who had in her opinion caused all the problems to begin with, seemed to be naive as a plan to remove a problem instead of working on it always is.
I always thought of Maharet as the ultimate female hero in the Chronicles, someone who had all the answers and the courage to do what she felt needed to be done, without seeking the glory for it. As the title indicates the story revolves around Lestat having his body stolen from him, as he had only agreed to switch bodies for a specific time.
It is also about the relationship between Lestat and David and how through the unfortunate event that Lestat has his body stolen, David in helping him retrieve it back is forced to switch bodies as well and ends up in a much younger, fitter and handsome body. This theme is also evident in the next novels. In Memnoch the Devil Lestat meets the devil and according to Guiley, the devil takes him on a tour of heaven and! There he tells of his life before and after he was made a vampire by Marius.
In later novels Rice mixes the vampires with her Mayfair witches, which she had at that time already published a trilogy about, The W itching Hour , Lasher and Taltos Although all these novels are successful the first four novels are the ones who have gained most attention and most scholars have written about. Conclusion The development of the literary vampire has been a long journey and is still ongoing. This ongoing evolution of the vampire in fiction has led to even newer depictions of the undead today as before mentioned popularity of the Twilight saga novels and movies Rosenberg and Meyer and True Blood TV series show.
The fascination of the vampire in fiction has in no way! The deep desire to find a companion to love and to be loved is essential for most creatures. How else could anyone, especially a vampire endure the loneliness of eternity? Lestat will always love Louis and Louis will always love him but they grew apart and could not spend eternity together.
What relationship can last forever, especially if you are a vampire and are doomed to live infinitely? Readers are now able to relate to the characters and not only be repulsed as before but feel attracted.
Not only did Rice create a new vampire but she also cleared the way for new writers to make their own depiction of the genre and create the new vampire of today. Interview with the V ampire : a novel. New York: Knopf, The V ampire Lestat. New York: Ballantine Books, The Queen of the Damned.