The Vampire Lestat Themes
by Anne Rice

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The Vampire Lestat Themes

(Beacham's Encyclopedia of Popular Fiction)

Some of the themes dealt with in her previous books continue in Lestat. Always interested in the outcast, she has a major concern with alienation and how those alienated ones act. Vampires are alienated from everyone because, according to her, for them to love mortals is to court death or madness, and to love other vampires is to court death since there can be little life-sustaining exchange between them. She shows Lestat as one who wishes to be a part of the mortal life and bring other vampires out of the shadows into the mortal world, showing who and what they are and thus allowing them to be a part of life. But he is thwarted on all sides because other vampires feel he is a danger to them, for they have always preferred anonymity. And of course he is feared, with reason, by humans. Thus Lestat finds himself alone, unable to be a part of any "society."

Another Rice theme is that there must be rules if there is to be order. Lestat soon learns this when his "maker" Magnus tells him what he can and cannot do as a vampire. Or perhaps one should say, what he must and must not do. But Lestat is an individualist who seems to feel that rules are made to be broken, or that rules do not apply to him, or that it would be both fascinating and enlightening to see what would happen if he did break the rules. So in most instances when he is told the rules and even agrees to follow them, he in fact follows his own directives and, being the "hero" of the novel, triumphs in spite of himself. But because he breaks the rules, calamities befall him and others, which he regrets, but not enough.

Everyone needs or wants love, and everyone needs to believe in something. Love may...

(The entire section is 457 words.)