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The Perfume , Birth and Death

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English Oral, Birth and Death Today I would like to discuss the theme birth and death in relation to the book "perfume, story of a murderer" by Patrick Sueskind. My main topics are the similarities between his birth and death; that his whole life has been a circle and repeating circumstances to do with his beginning and ending throughout the book. From the very first page, Patrick Sueskind uses vivid details in reference to the smell and conditions under which Jean-Baptiste Grenouille was born. He was born in a fish market which was located above the graveyards located on the Cimitiļæ½re des Innocents. The name of this already begins with ironic misleading situation, because in the first paragraph Grenouille was described as an "abominable personage", which shows that he was in no way innocent. ...read more.


and both at the beginning and end as the hottest day of the year it was forced to enter and leave his life. Constantly rejected, to me it seems, he felt that he could only rely on himself and I believe that is one of the main reason that he had such hatred towards humans. As I have already mentioned at his birth and at his death Grenouille was a nobody. His whole life he was treated badly by society. All he ever wanted was to be magnificent and Godlike, which was how he saw himself. His whole life revolved around his greed and determination to be the greatest Perfumer the world has ever seen. ...read more.


Which leads me on to my point that we have to be careful how we look at his life and death, because there are many occasions where it can be questioned! Whether we see his life as its literal meaning of his birth on the 17th of July and his death on the 25th of June 1766. Or from the moment he left the cave with his new spirit until the moment he realised that his life had no meaning and his soul died. As said on page 261 "It was a day like the one on which Grenouille was born", his life ended n differently than the way it began. So we can say that his whole life has been a circle and ended where it had begun! By Maria Brandi ...read more.

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