Literary Techniques Used In Perfume-The Story Of A Murderer '

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In the texts ‘Perfume-the story of a murderer’ by Patrick Süskind and ‘the turning’ by Tim Winton, a diverse range of literary techniques are used to present similar ideas. Though the storylines differ both follow a single main character who is used to denote to the enormity and mysterious grandeur of life. So it is appropriate that the complex themes of human suffering, time and change and the transience of existence are used in both texts to encapsulate life. Winton presents these ideas in ‘The turning’ through vague language, contrasting and chapters. Conversely, Süskind uses descriptive language, foreshadowing and chapters to present similar ideas.
In the texts ‘Perfume’ and ‘The turning’, Winton and Süskind present human suffering through
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Time and change in ‘Perfume’ are presented through the progression of Grenouille as a murderer. Süskind places emphasis on time and change through the use of foreshadowing. Conversely in ‘The turning’ Winton places importance on time and change by having characters compare their past with their future. Winton uses this technique to allow characters to juxtapose the life they once had with the life they live now. Unlike Winton, Süskind uses foreshadowing to emphasis the importance of time and change. Foreshadowing occurs throughout the novel as Süskind alludes to important events by exposing things that appear significant. This technique is consistent with the murder mystery theme. Such foreshadowing allows a coherent sequence leading to the climax, unlike ‘The turning’ where narrative structure is not exercised. Winton uses contrasting to highlight the effect of time. Dyson once allowed ‘so many emergencies, hospitalizations, sleeplessness nights’ to bar the life he so wanted to lead, now he ‘began to think about getting a job.’ Winton shows how time allows characters to change and in such an example rehabilitate. In the texts ‘Perfume’ and ‘The turning’, Winton and Süskind present the progression of time and the effect it has on people through the use of contrasting and

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