Patrick Suskind 's Perfume, Beneath A Dramatic Story Of A Murderer

1411 Words Oct 18th, 2016 6 Pages
Inside a busy city there lays a large portrait, housed within a museum of modern art. To the untrained eye, there is nothing particularly extraordinary about it, but experts claim it is worth millions. All the while, in the outskirts of the city, a gorgeous, sprawling mural covers the side of an abandoned building, catching the attention of everyone who catches sight of it, yet it is labeled as vandalism, as mere graffiti. What is the role of art in our modern society, and what is the true nature of human self-expression? Perhaps, in the realm of art, there are those who use it purely for self-expression, those who force it through inorganic processes and formulas, and those who exploit it for materialistic desires. In Patrick Suskind’s Perfume, beneath a dramatic story of a murderer, the motif of art is commented on throughout the development of his characters, where profound metaphor and simile, and theatrical syntax, portray the author’s ideas of what value art holds to mankind.
The protagonist, Grenouille, is considered an artist with respect to the craft of perfume mixing. His talent in the trade is nearly supernatural, due to is astronomical ability to identify and mix the scents of the world. Though Grenouille could easily build a large wealth through this skill, it becomes clear what his intentions with his talent truly are, as the narrator states,
“he even knew how by sheer imagination to arrange new combinations of them, to the point where he created odors…

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