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Anne Rice Review by Greg Bueno, submitted on 9-Oct-2001
Finally, an escape from Katherine Ramsland's psychobabble! If you want a somewhat thorough *literary* analysis of Anne Rice's works, search far and wide for Bette Roberts' "Anne Rice." It's a rather academic work, so you might want to start looking in university libraries for it. Roberts takes Anne Rice's Vampire Chronicles, as well as The Mummy and The Witching Hour, and compares them to the Gothic tradition of literature.
The Bat in NatureIndigenous to Central and South America, vampire bats live in a very strong social culture. The develop bonds with other bats in the colony, and learn to recognize each other through sound and scent. Vampire bats tend to live in caves, trees, or buildings. Their colonies can reach numbers of up to 2000 bats, but most colonies tend to house approximately 100 bats.
Blood has been a symbol of life since very ancient times. The blood in our veins has always been iconic of our continuing life. To lose too much blood is to lose consciousness, breath, and eventually, our very lives. If a person or animal is already dead and is cut open, blood does not flow. Only the living have blood that flows. Blood has been used throughout the ages as a ceremonial sacrifice.