Interview with the Vampire | Study Guide

Anne Rice

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Interview with the Vampire | Quotes


Believe me, I won't hurt you. I want this opportunity.

Louis de Pointe du Lac, Part 1, Section 1

Louis practically pleads with the interviewer to sit down and listen to his story. Louis realizes sharing his cautionary tale might be his last chance at redemption, giving his immortal life meaning.


That ego which could not accept the presence of an extraordinary human in its midst was crushed.

Louis de Pointe du Lac, Part 1, Section 1

Louis recognizes the possibility that his brother had a divine connection to God, a connection Louis spends eternity searching for. He realizes that he is unable to believe his brother contributed to his own death, and therefore contributed to his own torturous existence as a vampire.


You're from the devil. You were from the devil when you came to me!

Babette Freniere, Part 1, Section 2

When Babette chases Louis away, he realizes his greatest fear. He loved Babette but her hatred for and fear of him showcases how utterly separated he is from humanity. Even a woman he cared for and was kind to cannot see him as anything but a monster.


Am I damned? Am I from the devil? Is my very nature that of a devil?

Louis de Pointe du Lac, Part 1, Section 3

These questions sum up Louis's emotional conflict. He spends the entire novel searching for answers of his vampire origins and whether it's possible for an innately "evil" creature, such as a vampire, to live a moral life with hope for redemption.


Louis! ... You are in love with your mortal nature!

Lestat de Lioncourt, Part 1, Section 3

Lestat quickly identifies the cause of Louis's conflict. Louis clings to human emotions—love, grief, guilt, and hope. Until Louis rids himself of his mortal soul, he cannot fully embrace his vampire nature, and will therefore always live a tortured existence.


Evil is a point of view.

Lestat de Lioncourt, Part 1, Section 3

Lestat neatly sums up the question of whether vampires are evil, suggesting evil, like goodness, exists on a scale. Vampires are deemed evil by humanity because they kill, yet at the Théâtre des Vampires, the human audience's response to the slaying of a woman in front of them—regardless of the fact that they believe it is only a performance—reveals the true evil also found in human behavior, suggesting vampires are no more or less evil than humans themselves.


God did not live in this church ... I was the supernatural in this cathedral.

Louis de Pointe du Lac, Part 1, Section 5

In this moment Louis realizes God does not exist. He taps into the depths of his vampire essence for the first time, reveling in his power to take and give life like a god. He kills a priest and tries to run away with Claudia, but the nagging question of God's existence returns again and again.


There would be no rest in damnation, could be no rest.

Louis de Pointe du Lac, Part 2

As he sails to Paris, Louis recognizes the true depth of eternity. He will forever struggle with the morality of killing and will always question the possibility of God and redemption.


Life in death—it was monstrous.

Louis de Pointe du Lac, Part 2

Although this is Louis's reaction to thinking about Claudia's desire to create another vampire, it brings to the surface Louis's self-loathing, how much he hates himself for having to kill in order to survive. He has created a moral code in which he refuses to feed off or kill anyone he knows. People like Babette and the Englishman Morgan remind him too painfully of his human emotions, and unlike Lestat, he cannot kill them to erase what he has lost; neither can he doom them to suffer his same fate.


I cannot make her happy, I do not make her happy; and her unhappiness increases every day.

Louis de Pointe du Lac, Part 3, Section 1

In Paris Louis realizes the tragedy of Claudia's life. He has taken her future from her, condemning her to a child's body for eternity without hope of reproduction, love, or sexuality in either her mortal or vampire lives.


If God does not exist, this life ... every second of it ... is all we have.

Louis de Pointe du Lac, Part 3, Section 1

Armand has convinced Louis God does not exist, and his statement crushes Louis's hope for redemption and confirms his worst fear: vampires exist only for themselves, like Lestat, living in the moment searching for pleasure in an otherwise meaningless existence.

Also, Louis implies he desperately wants God to be real, to ease his guilt about all of the mortal lives he has taken. If there's no God, then when he has killed, he has stolen humans' only, and brief, chance to experience existence, a guilt he cannot bear the burden of.


I've searched for them the world over, and I despise them!

Claudia, Part 3, Section 2

The Parisian vampires offer Louis and Claudia nothing, no information about their origins. Instead, their jealousy threatens Claudia's existence, making their lives more dangerous and meaningless than before their journey.


Your evil is that you cannot be evil, and I must suffer for it.

Claudia, Part 3, Section 2

Claudia expresses her hatred for Louis for trapping her in perpetual childhood. She also hates Louis's passivity, which ties her to him for eternity because she cannot survive on her own. However, Claudia only remembers ever being a vampire, so she does not understand Louis's moral guilt.

Unlike Claudia who naively thinks fire purifies, Louis recognizes its destructive powers. However, he uses fire to destroy the plantation, the mansion in New Orleans, Madeleine's doll shop, and the theater—all times when a rebirth or fresh start is needed. Louis's fateful words come true later; when a fire destroys Claudia, Louis's humanity dies alongside her, and he is equally destroyed.


I beg you ... give it all one more chance. One more chance in me!

The interviewer, Part 3, Section 4

The interviewer fails to see the moral of Louis's cautionary tale, begging to become a vampire. His insistence robs Louis of his final chance at redemption, which devastates him.

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