Interview with a Vampire Louis Character Study Essays

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Interview with the Vampire, by Anne Rice, is the story of the creation and life of the vampire, Louis. Louis was a 25 year old plantation owner in Louisiana. Following the death of his brother, which he blames on himself, he begins living very recklessly, attempting to entice anyone to end his life. A vampire named Lestat, looking for a slave, turns him into a vampire. From the beginning, Lestat ridicules Louis for his empathy towards humans. Louis begins to feel hatred towards Lestat and wants to leave him. In an effort to keep Louis, Lestat transforms a young girl, Claudia, into a vampire. Louis and Lestat treat her as their daughter. Lestat teaches her how to hunt, kill and live like a vampire, while Louis tries to educate her, so that …show more content…

When Louis failed, his attention turned toward Babette. He twice gave Babette advice on how to maintain the plantation. First he told her that she was the only one of her family that was smart and wise enough to run the plantation. Then, when the plantation started to struggle because everyone doubted her ability to run the plantation, he told her to host a ball to show everyone her capabilities. His attempts to help her were done because he still had feelings for her and wanted to see her succeed.

In the case of Claudia, Louis felt for her the any man would feel for their daughter. He felt that it was his fault she became a vampire, so he needed to protect her, especially from Lestat. Louis would have her sleep in his coffin with him. He ensured that she learned to read and write. He also made sure that she had everything she needed. Louis always had time to answer Claudia’s questions and worried about how she felt.

Louis’ sense of humanity is present throughout the story. His choice to refrain from killing human and the care he shows for Babette and Claudia are just a few examples. It separates him from the rest of the vampires. Many of the others find it as a weakness, however a few commend him for

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