Thursday, January 19, 2017

Week2 :Vampire: Love and Pain (Anne Rice's Interview with a Vampire )

discuss the relationships portrayed in the book read for this week. How is situation and character of the vampire used to outline or convey ideas or truths about the important relationships in the story? 


I’m sure that you’re familiar with the stereotypical vampire plot where the male is some lustful and blood thirsty creature that seduce their prey or some other tacky and cliché love triangle in a young adult novel. Well Anne Rice wasn’t having any of that nonsense, her story took a different approach to immortality and the dark sexuality of “vampire culture”. A reigning factor is her use of the sublime effect, all of her characters and environments are beautifully written but there is an uneasiness that’s given off that warns to their dark past or their supernatural abilities. A common use in gothic literature, Rice almost romanticizes the loneliness that her characters feel throughout the story, their aggressive short sighted actions toward each other foreshadowing to a developing pattern that carries on throughout the interview.

Firstly, we have Louise, a young man who at first was enamored with the idea of Lestat but soon spites him for turning him and not providing him with guidance, ultimately too far gone in his conscience to let go of his mortality. Soon enough he finds himself enamored with another, Claudio, who is another of Lestat’s creations. They are everything to each other and when she finally decides to also rise up against Lestat, Louis doesn’t disagree. After a failed attempt at murder they escape together and are taken aback by the sublime aspects of their travels across Europe. Rice uses their travels as a turning into a new chapter in their lives but they still are on the hunt for answers to their questions about their existence. Its this ability to have everything yet nothing while wondering around aimlessly that really establishes gothic literature elements. Each of these characters represent mortal flaw; lust, denial, uncertainty, greed, etc. Rice reinvented the way monsters are seen, filled with wisdom yet quick to be dissatisfied with their lives because of its limitlessness. Ultimately Rice wrote “interview with a vampire” almost as a nod to existentialism, a monolog about the struggles of mortality and immortality, loosing oneself to the bigger picture and having nothing but yourself left in a world of too much.

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