Reflective statement: How was you understanding of the cultural and contextual considerations of ‘Perfume’ developed through the interactive oral? In the street markets of Paris Jean-Baptiste Grenouille is born.
As other people use sight to perceive objects and people he uses his superhuman sense of smell. In the novel Perfume the intellectual Grenouille uses his hidden ability to wreck the innocence of twenty-five virgins of which he strips of their innocence, to create his ultimate scent. In the novel Grenouille is referred to as a tick. Ticks are external parasites on mammals; they are capable of transmitting a pathogen to humans.
Throughout Perfume Suskind describes Grenouille as a tick. This is because he feeds off people he encounters and once he withdraws from them they perish. Grenouille uses his mother to be born and once he has no use of her she is executed. He manipulates Baldini to teaching him the arts of perfumery.
Baldini then crumbles along with his house in the Seine. In the novel Suskind describes Grenouille in a dark tone “The tick has scented blood…now it let itself drop, for better or for worse. ” To portray his parasite like characteristics. Religion is another theme that comes up in the narrative.
Suskind draws a parallel between the biblical figure Jesus, and Grenouille. Such as when he isolates himself from society in the cave. like that of Jesus who went into the wilderness to see the face of God and to prepare himself for his next test. Like Jesus, he prepares himself for his death in Paris.
In the narrative, Grenouille views himself as a God. He is then accepted by society as soon as he spills the perfume on him he is immediately worshipped by the villagers in Paris. They approach him as if he is some sort of Godly figure. In this scene Suskind implies that false Gods can manipulate human behavior.
It is symbolic that Grenouille allows himself to be devoured by the villagers, that same way Jesus gave himself to God so he forgives all the sinners. In the novel Grenouille is perceived to be different things, however in my opinion he is rather a hero. Instead of continuously manipulating the rest of the world, Grenouille chooses to be devoured by his people, owing to the fact that he did not enjoy the fake love of society. This encourages the reader to reflect on what they worship and why, as they might too have fallen victim to false Gods such as the media.