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How a persons nurturing and upbringing triumphs over the natural way of being, in relation to Grenouille in Perfume and the society in Chronicle for a Death Foretold

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World Literature (Plan A) How a persons nurturing and upbringing triumphs over the natural way of being, in relation to Grenouille in Perfume and the society in Chronicle for a Death Foretold. Every living thing has a natural way of being. Be it a plant which will naturally incline toward the sun or a nocturnal animal which will only come out at night, all living things will have a expected way of behaving, and this does not exclude human beings. However, this original way of existence can be infringed by the location and culture in which a human being is brought up in, as well as the occurrences which take place during said person's life. The following essay shall show how the upbringing which Grenouille received in Perfume (First Published in German1985. First Translated in 1986) by Patrick S�skind (German born March 26, 1949 - Present Day) affects the unfolding of the events in the book, and how the way the society is cultivated provokes events which ultimately cause Santiago Nasar's death in Chronicle of a Death Foretold (First Published in 1981. First Translated in 1982) by Gabriel Garcia Marquez (Spanish born March 6, 1927 - Present Day) In the commencement of Perfume, we firstly see how Grenouille acts in the natural way that any living thing would, but as Grenouille's life develops, while he is being brought up by different care takers and different mentors, we can see certain crucial moments in his life which shed light in explaining why Grenouille becomes the way he does. ...read more.

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where he slept on the hard, bare earthen floor."9 This is almost identical to how he lived in the cave where "it was pitch black night even during the day"10 and slept "at the end of the stony corridor...wedged between the rocks"11 on the ground. This is akin to how he lived with Baldini, and is another factor which shows the way Grenouille is nurtured destroys a human's natural way of being, as everything on this planet needs the sunlight to survive. We clearly see the destruction of this natural trait when he lives in the cave "for seven long years"12 only coming out to "relieve himself of urine and excrement"13 One other comparison between Grimal and Baldini is the way they treated Grenouille; they never showed any loving emotion and only used him as a tool for their destination (earning money). Grenouille then mimic this, and as he was raised without people valuing him as a person but instead as a tool, he too imitates this by not appraising the lives of the 25 girls he murders, but instead using them as a tool for his destination (the perfume). S�skind does all the previous to show the reader the destruction of natural human traits and animal instincts by how Grenouille is brought up in order to show us that Grenouille is on some level supernatural due to his nurturing, as well as to aid us in understanding why he does what he does. ...read more.

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Our animalistic instincts tell us, there is no rule in not having premarital relations. This is what Angela does; she acts naturally, while society expects her to not fornicate until she is married, as everyone is nurtured with the idea that a woman must remain innocent until unified in matrimony. On the other hand, we do not see the same train of thought when referring to a man. Santiago clearly did as he pleased as he tells Divina Flor "the time has come for you to be tamed."20 With this we see that the society has been nurtured into a hypocritical way of thinking where society sees in undignified for a woman to act naturally while a man can do as he pleases. This contrasts with how Grenouille as he has the opportunity to do as he pleases with a female, but he only does what he needs to reach his destination. Again Grenouille's natural instinct had been usurped by his upbringing whereby he was nurtured by Baldini and Grimal to not deviate from his path no matter what. Conclusion 1 Perfume, p.10. 2 Perfume, p.18. 3 Perfume, p.18. 4 Perfume, p.20. 5 Perfume, p.21. 6 Perfume, p.23. 7 Perfume, p.125. 8 Perfume, p.126. 9 Perfume, p.33. 10 Perfume, p.126. 11 Perfume, p.127 12 Perfume, p.137 13 Perfume, p.127 14 Chronicle of a Death Foretold, p.48. 15 ibid, p.49. 16 ibid, p.49. 17 ibid, p.49. 18 ibid, P.11. 19 Chronicle of a Death Foretold, p.6. 20 ibid, p.8. ?? ?? ?? ?? ...read more.

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