Discussion questions – Perfume: The Story Of A Murderer: What did you think about the portrayal

  1. What did you think about the portrayal of 18th Century France as a stinking cesspool? Aren’t they supposed to be in the ultimate Age of Reason? How did Suskind create tension between these two ideas?
  2. What kind of person was Suskind satirizing with the marquis who was so concerned about the lethal gases of corruption?
  3. In the end, Grenouille becomes completely godlike by using the ultimate scent to bring Grasse to its knees. Do you think he enjoyed the moment?
  4. What did you think of the ending? Why did Suskind take Grenouille to that particular spot to meet his fate?
  5.  Let’s talk about the analogy of Grenouille as a tick…
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