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Write a close analysis of the attached passage, drawing attention to the writer's use of language, tone, imagery, narrative method and perspective methods. In what ways is the passage significant to our appreciation of the text as a whole? (Interview With

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Page 149 - "Claudia had not moved..." to Page 151 - "...staring helplessly at it." Write a close analysis of the attached passage, drawing attention to the writer's use of language, tone, imagery, narrative method and perspective methods. In what ways is the passage significant to our appreciation of the text as a whole? This extract describes Lestat's reaction at realizing the blood he just drank from the children's bodies were poisoned with absinthe by Claudia; it further describes what the reader perceives to be Lestat's death, and this is a pivotal point of the text because of the impression it gives to the reader and their appreciation of the text. The extract starts with a short sentence to give the reader a simple beginning to the death of Lestat; furthermore, this reflects Louis' state of mind during the narrative, which helps create the effect of intimacy with Louis and the reader. In describing Claudia as a "Botticelli angel", Louis brings in a subtle form of irony to his narrative; considering her actions, Claudia could be described as almost anything but an "angel". ...read more.


A common characteristic between Louis' narrative and Lestat's dialogue is the subtle repetition of certain sentences. In Louis, an example of this would be "He could not move. I saw it ... at all.", whereas an example of this in Lestat's speech would be "She's poisoned them... me." This linguistic feature helps create tension, suspense, and accurately displays the level of shock from both Louis and Lestat. An interesting role-reversal between Lestat and Claudia also takes place within this extract; prior to this point, Louis, Lestat and Claudia could be regarded as resembling a family, with Louis' role slightly resembling that of a mother, Lestat's role resembling that of an abusive father, and Claudia's resembling that of the child of the household. The role-reversal that takes place is the transition of Lestat to being the abused, and Claudia to being the abuser. However, Louis' role is still fixed as resembling a mother, and even though he has hateful feelings towards Lestat, he pleads of Claudia to refrain from harming Lestat : "Claudia! Don't do this thing!" Lestat also desperately calls out to Louis many times in the extract, and this is an important event in the novel as the relationship ...read more.


he shouted out. 'God!' ". In doing this, Rice accurately represents the intensity of Lestat's fear, something he scarcely shows during the text. Louis' narrative also contains vivid descriptions of the gruesome scene. This is illustrated in the large section of "The blood poured... gash gape." This description could be argued to be the symbolic death of Lestat and his soul; blood and the nature of transfusions in the novel is thoroughly likened to sexual passion. In describing the blood "pour" out of Lestat so vividly, one could interpret it to be the death of his vampiric livelihood and soul. Another example of detailed imagery is present in "And his entire body ... went dim." These descriptions greatly influence the tone of not only the extract, but the entire text, and it is these vivid descriptions that help create its gothic, vivid, macabre tone. Finally, Louis' narrative in this section also helps set himself aside as the "helpless bystander". This is accomplished by a lack of description of his own actions during Lestat's death, and sentences such as "I gasped, but I could not take my eyes off it" help create an effect of helplessness that creates the cadence of the extract in "this horror that had been.... helplessly at it." ?? ?? ?? ?? ...read more.

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