The Vampire Lestat Short Essay - Answer Key

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1. Explain the length of time involved in the novel about Lestat.

The story begins shortly before the French Revolution in the 18th century and continues into the late 20th century in San Francisco in 1984.

2. What prepares Lestat for becoming an actor in Paris?

At sixteen, Lestat runs away briefly with a traveling troupe of mummers before he is brought back home by his brothers.

3. Describe how Lestat and Nicolas become friends.

Gabrielle recognizes that the two boys have a lot in common, so she urges Lestat to go into the village and cultivate a friendship with Nicolas. Although Lestat is from the nobility and Nicolas is a commoner, they discover they have a great deal in common.

4. In what way is Nicolas more philosophically deep than Lestat?

Nicolas contemplates serious matters like death which have no meaning for Lestat at all.

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