Study Guide

Interview with the Vampire Love

By Anne Rice

Love

You might say I love you forever to someone and mean it. But when you're a vampire, forever is a really, really long time. Nothing is ever simple with vampires. Love, like anything else, is complicated when eternal life gets added into the mix.

In Interview with the Vampire, love and hate are two sides of the same coin, and this coin is always spinning in the world of the vampires, especially when it comes to Claudia. Maybe being trapped in the body of a five-year-old makes her especially emotional, but she waffles between love and hate for Louis and Lestat on an almost hourly basis.

Questions About Love

  1. Does Louis actually love Claudia? Does Claudia love Louis?
  2. Is it possible that Lestat actually loves Louis? Is he capable of love?
  3. Why do Louis and Armand fall in love at first sight?

Chew on This

Vampirism itself is like love, but even more tumultuous, like Romeo and Juliet to the power of infinity. Its highs are ecstatic with passion, but its lows are filled with despair and anger—and with the bodies of a few decapitated vampires.

It might seem like vampires aren't capable of love, but they are. How else can we explain the way Louis feels for Armand, Babette, and Claudia?

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