Lestat and Louis: A Relationship
Reasons for writing this article;
1) I'm bored.
2) I'm really bored.
3) I have nothing else to write.
4) I miss my English lessons.
So I'm gonna try and analyse this relationship. Find out what they feel for each other, and more importantly I feel, why they feel it. This is mostly based on the book Interview with the Vampire.
Now most people describe this relationship as a love-hate relationship, and it certainly is. But first lets look at why they love each other. Their love is a friendship, like flat-mates or partners in business.
Lestat loves Louis because he's kind and loving and gentle, but mostly because he's beautiful, and Lestat loves beautiful people, he is a vain son of a bitch. Louis amuses Lestat with his condemns "you are a perfect devil". And he's company, Lestat needed company, he hates to be alone, and thinking about it, Lestat is never alone for very long. And as Louis says, Lestat loves luxurious things, and so I think Lestat may have used Louis for his money as well.
Louis loves Lestat, he is drawn to him for authority. Louis is not a decisive person, and would (and does) if he could just lay around his house in his own despair . Lestat gives him instructions and tells him where to go, and Louis needs this. Think about, he goes from Lestat to Claudia to Armand, and all of these have a strong will, and gave Louis instruction and a purpose. And after that when he was on his own, all he did was wallow in his own sorrow.
Quite obviously, Lestat is charismatic and this also drew Louis to him. And he pulled Louis out of his morning for his brother, and his guilt. Lestat was always good to Louis, although they argued and he mocked Louis, he never left Louis, he never abandoned him, and Lestat always held a special place for Louis in his heart.
Now the hate, and there is a lot of hate, especially from Louis side.
Lestat hates Louis as he kept threatening to leave, and he held the money away from Lestat. And that was one thing that Lestat desired power over. Louis thinks Lestat is evil, and fins his cruel, and I think this hurts Lestat.
Louis hates Lestat because he with holds information from him, which ties Louis to Lestat. And as we all know knowledge is power, and Louis thought Lestat was purposefully not telling him about what he is because he wanted to have power of Louis and to hold Louis to him. But in truth Lestat had made a promise to Marius, not to tell all. Louis also hates that Lestat is cruel and frank on one occasion Lestat played with his food, and all Louis could feel was compassion to these woman, he felt bad and begged Lestat to leave them go or finish it quickly, what Louis didn't know, and didn't ask I might add, was that these woman were evil doers, not just any innocent women. Lestat often has a go at Louis for not embracing what they are, vampires, and I believe that Louis condemning Lestat and refusing to drink human blood irritated Lestat. Lestat even says at one point, that evil-doers taste better.
And then there's the final but key part to their relationship, the making of Claudia. Louis speculates that Lestat did it to keep Louis around, as before hand Louis was threatening to leave, and was seriously considering it. And I believe this theory makes sense, Louis needed company other than Lestat, he needed a focus, a daughter and that is what Claudia was for him.
Lestat claims that he did it " to see what would happen", and he is an impulsive and curious creature and so this also is plausible. Most importantly I believe the making of Claudia made them into a family, and a third party distracted them from each other and the obvious tension that was there when it was just the two of them.
We must also understand that Armand played his part in this relationship, he manipulated them for his own purposes. Armand tells Louis everything he wants to know, and Louis calls him the mentor he never had. When Armand does say that he knew Lestat, he also tells Louis that he doesn't think he is a person that should be morned, i.e. he's a horrible person. He also makes it look to Louis that Lestat ordered the death of Claudia. When in actual fact Armand made it happen, he believed to be able to have Louis to himself he must get rid of Claudia, but in killing Claudia he killed the spark of light in Louis which he fell in love with.
Louis went to Paris in search for his beloved Louis (I think I really can't remember why he went to Paris, he may have gone to Paris to ask Armand for blood to help him recover) and was tricked by Armand into accusing Claudia and there for sentencing her to her death.
So yer that is how I see the relationship, as a friendship based on both love and hate, and misunderstanding and trickery. But they are undeniable close, and later on in the relationship you see their love for each other. Louis even cleans and dresses in fresh clothes to visit Lestat (which is a big deal for him).