How Does The Author Enable The


reader to share the experience of the main character?
Patrick Suskind’s use of visual imagery captures the audiences’ sense of smell by dragging the reader into this world of hideous stench. Perfume is unique as it creates a reality by ‘painting a picture’ in the mind of the reader through the olfactory senses. Suskind does, on many occasions, manipulate the readers’ basic instincts through the novel’s protagonist, Jean Baptiste Grenouille.
Suskind is successful in the way that he takes the reader into his story through the use of very vivid detail in his description of the odours in this book in the way that other authors describe ...

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feels. The reader is confronted with the issues of acceptance and finding love both of which are relevant to human nature thus the audience is able to sympathise with him. He cannot achieve acceptance in society by being who he really is. He therefore strives to achieve this by killing in order to obtain the ultimate scent. It is with this scent that he will no longer be odourless and feared
Another theme which is brought into play is exploitation. In Perfume anyone who exploits Grenouille either dies or suffers. We are present at the birth of Grenouille, his admittance into the orphanage and consequent abuse, Baldini’s discovery of Grenouille’s gift, his self-imposed hibernation and his manipulation of the masses at his near execution. We are present It could be argued that this is made possible by the sympathy we feel for this man who is described as a beast whom everyone fears. Yet ,at the same time we are faced with the conflicting emotions that we feel ...

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and “urine.”
This first introduction of smells being presented to the reader is used to ‘paint a picture’ for the reader of the atmosphere that is created by these smells and preparing the reader for what has yet to come.
Suskind enables the reader to share Grenouille’s first encounter of debauchery and at this stage it is the first time he achieves true happiness. At the innocent age of fifteeen it almost shocks the reader of the determination and longing for acceptance Grenouille feels towards ‘capturing’ the smell of a young virgin: “His whole life would be bungled, if he, Grenouille, did not succeed in possessing it. He ...

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