Grenouille Analysis

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Throughout the entire novel, Suskind describes Grenouille using strong imagery that aided the growth of Grenouille. With Grenouille’s descriptions, the author expresses the feelings of other characters around him and how they react to Grenouille’s actions. The author depicts Grenouille as “tick-like”, extremely gifted, having a special power, and portraying life.

Suskind says Grenouille is “tick-like” due to the fact that he extracts the scent from innocent girls just like a tick takes blood from an animal. As Grenouille grows older, he develops uncontrollable cravings to own a person’s scent, specifically a young, innocent girl. He hunts his victims using his nose and this factor proves his actions are extremely similar to a tick just as Suskind said. The innocent girls that were murdered to become a scent were extremely beautiful and were just beginning to hit puberty. Ticks usually go for the animals that have the good blood and just like Grenouille, when ticks find their victim, they stop at nothing to satisfy
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Within the story, Grenouille represents life all in all due to him loving and hating. Grenouille is also loved and hated simultaneously by the readers. Grenouille may have performed many sinful actions that could cause the reader to dislike him, but due to the author blaming Grenouille’s childhood for the way he has grown up to be, the reader might feel some remorse for the boy. On top of that, the readers’ love and hate relationship with Grenouille causes the reader to analyze the meaning of life and the fact that the novel itself has characters that love or hate life. Grenouille despised life because of him not having a scent. He reeks of nothing and spews suspicions everywhere he roams. Not only does Grenouille reek of disaster, but he also is extremely anti-social, which is a factor as to why he dislikes
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