Perfume: The Story of a Murderer symbols


Obsession: The power of obsession is unimaginable and can take you to any extremities. Grenouille is obsessed with producing the best perfume in the world. He never gets smoothened for kindness or love. He maintains to keep him less noticed by preferring to stay in caves until he attains his work. Grenouille kills many people without having a second thoughts. His quench for finding the perfect Perfume becomes the only goal of his life.

Hunt: Hunting never ends until you die. Your hunger never dies so is the hunting to feed your hunger. Grenouille realizes that the scent can mold the human thought process and make them act or react according to the power of aroma. Grenouille begins his hunting for the perfect scent to captivate the people mind.

Human: Humans are the most magnetic symbols of earth that have been very well portrayed in this film from the beginning. From love to death, humans play a very vital role in Grenouille’s life from his mom to the girl who gave the best-scented perfume.

Hormones: The power of hormonal reactions that generate the odor in the human body is highlighted. Hormones can be ephemeral but Grenouille knows that and aims to seize the ephemeral hormone at the right at its best moments of its life. Hence he chooses the virgin red haired girls who symbolize the innocence and naïve character.

Virginity and Young girls: Young girls has the whole fruit of feminine power in them. Virgin girls have a superior caliber with unearthed beauty resting in them. They contain the purest form of smell. Grenouille understands this and captures the red-haired young virgin females in his plot. However, Grenouille’s plan takes a deadly dark turn when the news of murders of 12 young females outbreaks the city and the parents lock up their daughters inside the home.

Human Skin: We all know that the largest organ in the human body is the skin but lesser we observe the power of them. It can be enigmatic and unfathomable. Grenouille feels that the best scent can be prepared from a red hairy young virgin’s body and he never mind to kill any number of humans to achieve his goal.

Focus: Focus has the power to make the impossible possible. Grenouille aims to prepare the best perfume to bring the world under his control and he achieve that at the end with his mundane focus.

Success: Success can be the most powerful weapon to kill oneself. At the end of the book, when Grenouille finds the best perfume in the world successfully, he forgets to think about the consequences and become the prey of his own discovery.

Divinity: Grenouille undergoes a bad childhood in his early days and comes to a conclusion that scent has the power to mesmerize people. He also figures out that there is a divinity in virgin young girls and he wants to capture that divinity in a bottle in the form of perfume. In the end of the book, after smelling Grenouille’s best perfume, people attain divinity and forget themselves and reality for few minutes.

Scent: Scent is the main “character” of the book. Grenouille knows the power of scent from the very beginning of his childhood and he also knows that he has a strong nose to make use of it. Grenouille makes use of his power and prepares a scent from the rotten food and dirt to gain pity and sympathy from the public in the market. Likewise, he uses the power of scent to mesmerize girls and follow him to achieve his purpose.

Pheromone:  These are the chemical substance created in the body that can affect physical and mental behavior. Grenouille knows the power of pheromones in the form of scented perfumes. A good scented pheromone is a key to achieving divinity and hence he set his obsession to find one.

The above-mentioned symbols are some of the symbols found in the book.

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