Analysis Of Patrick Süskind 'Perfume: The Story Of A Murder'
Caretakers, such as Jeanne Bussie and Father Terrier have occupations that place the responsibility of the survival of young ones into their hands, and all young humans placed into their care rely on them to live another day. While Grenouille also relies on these people for his personal survival, these people do not possess the ability to view him as they would the other children because they can not smell him, and thus can not form an emotional attachment or develop a sense of priority regarding him as a human. The wet nurse, Jeanne Bussie, refuses to care for Grenouille, and claims that “this baby makes [her] flesh creep because it doesn 't smell the way children ought to smell,” (Süskind, 11). Due to Jeanne Bussie’s diligent focus on Grenouille’s lack of scent, a standard of care for him congruent to that of the other children under her care does not exist. As opposed to bearing an identity that prioritizes his existence in the eyes of those who care for him, the scentless Grenouille holds no precedency in such people’s