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interview-with-the-vampire-anne-riceLouis, Part 1, Section 1vil is always possible. And goodness is eternally difficult. Sources:,, Encyclopaedia Britannica, IMDb Copyright © 2017 Course Hero, Inc.SymbolsFireRosariesRepresent the futility of religious faith against evil Porcelain DollsSymbolize Claudias perpetual childhood and her longing to ageSymbolizes destruction, death, and rebirth COMPANIONSRIVALSCREATORCREATORVAMPIRE FATHER400-year-old vampire; leader of the Théâtre des VampiresArmandPermanent five-year-old; relies on other vampires for protectionClaudiaTormented vampire; struggles between humanity and evilLestat de LioncourtSelfish vampire; urges Louis to embrace his natureLouis de Pointe du LacMain CharactersInterview withthe Vampireby the NumbersWays a vampire can die: sun exposure, fire, and beheading 3Pseudonyms Rice also writes under: Anne Rampling and A.N. Roquelaure2Year Lestat becomes a rock star in The Vampire Lestat, Rices follow-up to Interview with the Vampire1984Rice wrote Interview with the Vampire in the wake of her five-year-old daughters death from leukemia. The novel gained Rice millions of readers and a cult following. A New Orleans native, Rice continues to titillate readers with her gothic, erotic, and often controversial works.ANNE RICEBORN 1941AuthorIn late 18th-century New Orleans, 25-year-old indigo farmer Louis becomes a vampire and struggles to accept his predatory nature. Resisting his maker, Lestat, Louis tries to hold onto his humanity. After fleeing Lestat, Louis and his vampire daughter Claudia travel the world seeking understanding of what it means to be a vampire.The Hunger Never DiesTHEMESImmortalityNever dying or aging brings its own complications and disappointments for vampires.Human NatureLouis struggles to abandon his human nature and fully embrace being a vampire.MoralityLouis wonders whether it's possible to live a moral life as an inherently evil creature.EnglishOriginal Language1976Year PublishedAnne RiceAuthorInterview with the VampireHorrorNovel

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