Christianism In Perfume

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In Patrick Suskind’s Perfume, Suskind creates a postmodern mockery of Christianity and perverts the idea of Christ by elevating Grenouille onto a divine pedestal only to sequentially demonize him. Suskind illustrates a godly image of Grenouille from birth, but then contradicts this by degrading him and making him resemble the Devil. This description mocks Christianity by diluting the pure and kind image of Christ. He conjoins elements of the Devil and Christ by characterizing Grenouille as both. His sense of smell alludes to the power of God, yet later on he brings others into his sins and darkness like the Devil. This sacrilege reflects the postmodern time period in which Suskind wrote Perfume (1985) because it upends traditional ideas of religion and any idea of any common truth. Suskind compares Grenouille’s origination to Christ through setting and biblical allusion. Grenouille…show more content…
In the early stages of his life Grenouille shows signs of draining the life out of the people around him. When Bussie gives him up to Father Terrier she complains that he takes so much milk from her she has begun to lose weight and doesn’t have anything left for other children. Even as a baby Grenouille literally drains the life out of his wet nurse. In addition, Bussie screaming that “he’s possessed by the devil” (10) foreshadows his devilish behavior and his future murders. Suskind builds anticipation for Grenouille’s decent early on in the novel. Even the children at Gaillard’s orphanage show a hesitance around him. “They were afraid of him” (23) in the way one would be afraid of a demon, not a God. They refuse to even touch him as they try to kill him because they feel the cloud of darkness surrounding him. Grenouille’s effect on the people around brings him even farther down, destroying the reverence the author once held him
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