After 6 years of life as a vampire, Louis still struggles while adjusting to his loss of humanity.
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Louis Losses His Humanity
I’ll admit, I felt for Louis de Pointe du Lac in ways I never imagined I could.
It’s funny how the next day after his brother Paul’s death, Louis almost felt regret over the split decision he made. Or rather, the split decision forced on him by Lestat. Now that Louis is a vampire, he has slowly learned and almost perfected the ‘mind-reading’ trick available to all vampires.
Living undead for 200 years, Lestat truly has no attachments left to the mundane world. Writing off every single thought of ‘meat’ as trivial desires falling into the three categories of food, shelter, and security.
Ironically, Lestat values the hunt of prey – which is food, the safety of his coffin – which is shelter and security – which is his new eternal mate, Louis.
Not to point out the obvious hypocrisy in Lestat’s words, but despite living two centuries I don’t think he has much insight into his own existence.
Why Can’t Lestat Drink Dead Blood?
Vampires apparently have to stop drinking their victim’s blood before their heart stops beating or it will make them very ill.
During his transformation, Louis tries to drink a puddle of the deceased priest’s blood in the graveyard. Lestat stops him and mentions that drinking blood from the dead will drain his vitality. I find it interesting that in order to live as a vampire, others need to constantly die around you.
What a life that must be, to slowly drain someone of their life force and watch their memories fade away after you have long forgotten your own.
Lestat tried to sell Louis on the vampire lifestyle being something powerful but in reality, it seems like an eternal curse of solitude and slavery to one’s desires.
Did Louis Eat the Baby?
Thankfully Louis didn’t eat his baby nephew, but the fact that he was so close to doing so is very alarming. Almost murdering his beloved sister’s infant child will most likely be the final blow to their strained relationship.
Louis’ mother Florence already thinks him a queer, not to mention she was most likely startled by Louis abruptly answering her internal questions. Grace doesn’t mind Louis’ new ‘windows to his soul’ and is very understanding. However, I fear leaving a newborn on the floor and abruptly leaving the home wouldn’t even sit right with a soul as gentle as hers.
This isolation from the family he was previously close to drives Louis closer to Lestat – who in the back of his mind knows the way they are living is not right.
It is a very interesting dilemma Interview with a Vampire is presenting concerning morality, and I am excited to see what the next episode will show us.
Do you think Louis regrets sacrificing his humanity?
Will moving away from New Orleans give Lestat and Louis a better chance at a carefree vampiric life?
Is Louis’ desire for a family the reason Lestat later finds Claudia so that they can play house?
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