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Read pages 1-27 of "Interview with the Vampire" and chapters 15 and 16 of "Frankenstein". Compare the characters of Louis and the creature and discuss the methods used by Anne Rice and Mary Shelley to evoke the readers sympathise for them.

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Read pages 1-27 of "Interview with the Vampire" and chapters 15 and 16 of "Frankenstein". Compare the characters of Louis and the creature and discuss the methods used by Anne Rice and Mary Shelley to evoke the The readers sympathise for them. Wider Reading In this essay I will raise points about the two main characters in the novels "Frankenstein" and "Interview with the Vampire". I will discuss the similarities between the "Creature" and "Louis". I will explore the way Mary Shelley and Anne rice evoke sympathy for the characters and how the readers sympathise with these protagonists. Mary Shelley who wrote Frankenstein was considered to be the first person to write a science fiction novel around the time of the great discovery, which was muscle tissue could be stimulated and brought to life by an electric current. "Paradise Lost", written by John Milton is about the fall of man and the making of Adam; Mary refers to this idea in Frankenstein. "Metamorphoses" a poem written by Ovid also was a great influence on Mary. Mary published Frankenstein anonymously because of the strong prejudice against women at the time; the novel was then praised because of its intellectual yet fantastical approach for its sense of morbidity that was becoming popular at the time. The very popular "Dracula" and traditional vampire fiction influenced Anne Rice author of Interview with the Vampire, Rice puts a twist into interview with the Vampire and it does not conform to the conventions of gothic vampire fiction. ...read more.


Louis journey gives him no answers except that he is a vampire and needs to preserve himself on human life, the boy unhappy with the ending to the tale asks to be made a vampire, a disappointed Louis did not get the outcome he hoped and the boy leaves unsatisfied. Louis does not conform to the typical conventions of vampire fiction in a number of ways, he refuses to feed off the blood of other human beings choosing animals such as rats, birds and dogs to get the nourishment he needs. Typical vampires feel no remorse towards their victims but Louis is repulsed by the thought of taking the life of a human. "Then it was necessary to get rid of the overseer's body, I was almost sick from this." "Lestat was laughing, telling me callously that I would feel so different once I was a vampire that I would laugh, too. He was wrong about that. I never laugh at death, no matter how often and regularly I am the cause of it." Louis still has some traditional qualities such as he cannot venture out into daylight as he would turn into ash, he sleeps in a coffin during the day and his appearance is that of the typical vampires we have heard of in the past such as the very famous "Dracula" with the pale almost transparent skin the big green eyes. The novel begins in the third person but Louis takes over to narrate the story making him the protagonist. ...read more.


When they both realise that they are different they both seek revenge on their creators, Victor and Lestat and both achieve this, the creature killing Victors family and friend, whereas Louis attacks at Lestat with the help of Claudia. Anne Rice and Mary Shelley make the readers sympathise with the characters by having them tell the story, being the narrators and getting their perspective. The creature longs to be accepted and to know what love feels like he tells Victor, "The more I saw of them, the greater became my desire to claim their protection and kindness, my heart yearned to be known and loved by these amiable creatures to see their sweetness directed towards me with affection was the up most limit of my ambition." All the way through Interview with the Vampire we sympathise with Louis and we do with the creature for a short time until he starts murdering people. In my essay I have explored both characters in detail looking at their emotions and lifestyles, I have found that the two experience similar feelings about their existence, that they were both forced into a life they found it hard to adjust to. Both feel sadness and despair towards life and its something they can't get out of, they try very hard to fit into their way of life but struggle to cope with the way they are. Self-acceptance is the hardest thing to do. Being the narrator of the story is the best way to get the feelings of the characters over and both authors have achieved this, as we feel we can relate to the characters. Written by CarlyTurnbull ...read more.

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