Perfume Reflective Statement and Written Assignment
In Perfume, viewing Jean-Baptiste Grenouille as a parasite and the rest of the characters as his hosts help express the novel and its purpose. “When the House of Giuseppe Baldini collapsed, Grenouille was already on the road to Orleans.” (Suskind, 115) This defines Grenouille’s role. Because Grenouille is depicted as a tick, everyone that Grenouille leaves dies. During the seminar, one could find that Patrick Suskind’s Grenouille is expressed as an outsider to society, a tick, and a murderer. To help delineate the environment in Perfume and many valuable traits of France’s culture, “In the period of which we speak, there reigned in the cities a stench barely conceivable to us modern men and women.” (Suskind, 3) Patrick Suskind knows a lot about France in the slums of the 18th century.
Grenouille cannot maintain any profound relationship with anyone of the other characters within
the novel. He could care less about their looks, intelligence, or personality although he is obsessed with smell. Because of this obsession, he captures others’ scents by killing them. Grenouille would rather be alone and refrain from interacting with people. The only real reason that Grenouille interacts with others is so that he could chase his desire of odors. Grenouille is hated and dreaded subconsciously because he doesn’t have a scent. He is artificially accepted as a part of society when he creates his human scent, “But now, in the streets of Montpellier, Grenouille sensed and saw with his own eyes---and each time he saw it anew, a powerful sense of pride washed over him--- that he exerted an effect on people.” (Suskind, 152) Grenouille notices after producing the flawless scent that he has no necessity for people to like him because he trusts that other beings does not value his time.
Grenouille was depicted as a born killer. His natural instinct was to do whatever it took to obtain what he wanted. He does not murder others for pleasure, but to acquire their scent. For these motives his victims were only the ones who Grenouille believed had amazing odors. Because the audience recognizes that scent signifies identity, it can be inferred that Grenouille’s reason for killing his victims is to obtain an identity. In addition, every time he moves on from one person to the other an ill-fated accident occurs to the person which results to their decease. This could enhance the imagery of Grenouille as a tick and he feeds off the “life” of people.
The Depiction of Grenouille in Perfume
Jean-Baptiste Grenouille, a massacre at birth, is a portion of the most bizarre humans in eighteenth-century France. Grenouille was native and born in and around fish guts in the most rotten places in Paris. Grenouille's mom rarely gives him any mind as she doesn’t want to have...