RE: Discussion questions – Perfume: The Story Of A Murderer: Why does Grenouille never consider himself

  1. Why does Grenouille never consider himself or others in terms of their humanity? Aside from his supernatural powers of smell, are human beings ever this detached and cruelly inhuman?
  2. What is the closest thing Grenouille has to a friend in this novel?
  3. Why does Father Terrier take Grenouille quickly to Madame Gaillard?
  4. When the Marquis takes Grenouille in, why is it not really for Grenouille’s betterment? What is his agenda?
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3. The tiny infant Grenouille began sniffing the smell of Father Terrier, which caused the priest to feel very weird. Grenouille’s sense of smell, and his will to enjoy and collect a smell memory, is present from birth, but his lack of scent and his unusual sniffing make him seem even less human than a normal baby.

Answered on 23.06.2017.
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