People Places Events In History Terms Organizations
Home Invites Members Groups Events Careers Videos News Photos Blogs Polls Forums Chat
Home > Blogs > Post Content

Symbols from Perfume (1249 hits)

Perfume-

· Perfume acts as a disguise for the sins of humanity as perfume makes you smells good, masking the bad scent of humans

· Perfume can change how people perceive one another, for example when Grenouille wanted sympathy from others he put on a perfume that “smelled of watery milk and fresh soft wood…Once they caught a whiff of him the market women filled his pockets with nuts and dried pears because he seemed to them so hungry and helpless. “ (Page 190)

· Grenouille understands the power of scents and perfumes, “Odors have a power of persuasion stronger than that of words, appearances, emotions, or will. The persuasive power of an odor cannot be fended off, it enters into us like breath into our lungs, it fills us up, imbues us totally.” (Page 82) That’s why he can make the most pure and engulfing perfume by joining the scents of young, beautiful virgins. The scents of all the girls combined make people view Grenouille as this wonderful, innocent person. He wanted to create this perfume to make himself appear virtuous and angelic and thus make people love him.

· Perfume is an important symbol as it is subtle and over looked but has enormous effects; perfume can act as a mask of perfection. This is what Grenouille makes himself to be by creating the perfume from the odors of all the young girls.

Human Odor-

· Susking portrays the human odor to smell like “a sweaty-oily, sour cheesy, quite richly repulsive mixture”. The bad scent of humans can represent the sinful nature of humanity.

· The scent of humans could symbolize the true nature of humans, and as scent of humans is horrible and disgusting it depicts the true nature of humans, sinful and imperfect.

· Also by humans not being able to smell their own and each others disgusting scents, shows how they are so engulfed in sin that they cannot even recognize it.

Red-haired girl-

· The red haired girl and the other girls Grenouille murders symbolize innocence and purity

· They were all young, beautiful virgins, they were not yet tainted by the destructive and sinful nature of humanity

· They have the most wonderful and indescribable odors that Grenoille has ever smelled, as they are so pure.

Cave-

· The cave symbolizes Grenouille’s departure from society, he goes there to escape the stench of humanity

· It is also a place where Grenouille’s olfactory senses are in concord, and for Grenouille because his olfactory senses are at peace, he feels as though he has been reborn.


http://ibworldlit.blogspot.com/
Posted By: Elynor Moss
Sunday, March 5th 2017 at 2:28PM
You can also click here to view all posts by this author...

Report obscenity | post comment
Share |
Please Login To Post Comments...
Email:
Password:

 
More From This Author
Beyonce took over the world with an HBCU-inspired Coachella performance
Good Intentions
MVSU's Zelma T. Howard Lecture Series presents poet George Drew
Thank You Rust College
Emmy winner Jesse Vaughan, 6 others to be inducted into Va. Communications Hall of Fame
We Wake Up In Love
How to run a blog for 8 years and not go insane
Why You Should Consider Doing Business With Nationwide...
Forward This Blog Entry!
Blogs Home
Employer Showcase
>> more | add
Latest Jobs
Faculty, School Counseling and School Psychology (F210) with Azusa Pacific University in Azusa, CA.
Special Education Program Faculty, Teacher Education (F204) with Azusa Pacific University in Azusa, CA.
Single Subject Program Faculty in Teacher Education (F198) with Azusa Pacific University in Azusa, CA.
Faculty, School Counseling and School Psychology (F197) with Azusa Pacific University in Azusa, CA.
Associate Dean for Academic Affairs (F185) with Azusa Pacific University in Azusa, CA.
>> more | add
Latest Member Activity
calvin cannon just became a new member. 04:20PM
frederick roberts just posted a blog entitled 'indian co-ed moriah colbert is new miss prairie view a&m university'. 03:59PM
gregory boulware, esq. just commented on a blog entitled '~ "ironically speaking!" ~'. 09:19PM
gregory boulware, esq. just commented on a blog entitled '~ chapter 5: 'farmland, a skippack retreat?' ~'. 01:22PM
gregory boulware, esq. just commented on a blog entitled '~ "in the soul and spirit of life and living!" ~'. 01:21PM
gregory boulware, esq. just commented on a blog entitled '~ 'fairmount' terror in the park: the series! ~'. 01:21PM
gregory boulware, esq. just posted a blog entitled '~ "seeing us-a lost for words" ~'. 02:23PM
markia alston just became a new member. 08:21PM
gregory boulware, esq. just posted a blog entitled '~'alexandre dumas, author/playwrite'~'. 07:28PM
gregory boulware, esq. just commented on a blog entitled '~“it came across my desk”~'. 05:47PM
gregory boulware, esq. just commented on a blog entitled '~"a man of color?"~'. 10:41PM
gregory boulware, esq. just commented on a blog entitled '~ “out from the shadows” ~'. 08:32PM
>> more | invite friends