I love the end of this book! Anne Rice is realistic in the extreme; she holds nothing back and she doesn’t sugar coat it. The end of Interview exemplifies all the typical fatal human flaws that Louis talks about throughout the whole book. The boy’s response is classic. How many people have listened to someone else describe their mistakes and thought, “If I were ever put in that position I would do things differently.” It’s easy to think that after you’ve heard someone else’s mistake if you are ever encountered with the same issue you would be able to do it “right.” The problem with this idea is that history repeats itself. A person can be told repeatedly that something is wrong; often times they will choose to ignore it.
I think that the boy’s choice describes the type of person he is. If you look at the characters of Lestat and Louis in a broad perspective they represent two different types of people; the types who live life to the fullest and embrace life and the types who believe all of their actions have consequences and continuously look back. The boy’s decision that he wants to be a vampire shows that he is more like Lestat. It also shows that the boy believes that he can live Louis’ life better than he did. In reality, though, this is exactly what would happen. Rice’s choice of the boy’s character is important. He is young, naïve and impressionable. If the interviewer had been a wise, old man would the end of the story have been believable? Probably not.
What would my choice have been at the end? Since the boy wasn’t even given a choice I can’t really look at it that way. I don’t think I would have ever taken the initiative to ask. Louis seems so depressed about his life of being a vampire that asking to be what he is would be downright insulting and Louis displays that insult and disappointment too.
“’Give it to me!’ said the boy… ‘Make me a vampire now!’ he said as the vampire stared aghast.
What happened then was swift and confused, but it ended abruptly with the vampire on his feet holding the boy by the shoulders, the boy’s moist face contorted with fear, the vampire glaring at him in rage. ‘This is what you want?’ he whispered, his pale lips manifesting only the barest trace of movement. ‘This… after all I’ve told you… is what you ask for?’” (pg. 337)
I guess if I was in the situation the boy’s in I would probably think over exactly what Louis said. If I still wanted to be turned into a vampire then I would try to find Lestat, the vampire far more likely to want to change me.