What Is The Central Theme Of The Novel, 'Perfume: The Story Of A Murderer', And Of The Movie Based Upon The Book?'


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Lily Bradic Profile
Lily Bradic answered

Perfume: The Story of a Murderer (2006) is a film based on the 1985 novel Perfume by German author Patrick Süskind. Both the film and the novel tell the story of apprentice parfumier Jean-Baptiste Grenouille, who is a disturbed young man with an extraordinary sense of smell and no personal body scent.

Grenouille becomes fixated with the idea of capturing the perfect smell, and begins murdering young virgins in order to procure their scent - so that he can use it to create his ultimate perfume.

Prominent themes in Perfume: The Story of a Murderer include:

- Alienation and hatred for humanity: Grenouille is an outcast from society, alienated by his super-human sense of smell, his body's lack of scent and the murderous acts he commits. Isolated and without friends, Grenouille begins to resent humanity and all it represents.

- The importance of smell: Scent in Perfume: The Story of a Murderer is important on a subconscious level, and is often symbolic: Grenouille creates what he sees as a 'human' smell (using cat feces, cheese and vinegar) so that humans will accept him as one of their own. This way of using scent to decide whether to accept or reject a person is similar to the way mothers in the animal kingdom will reject offspring if they do not smell 'right'. The idea that smell alone is enough to make Grenouille 'acceptable' raises questions as to the nature of society itself.

- Death: Grenouille's life begins in a pile of rotting fish, with the beheading of his mother following shortly afterwards. In fact, everyone with whom Grenouille comes into contact seems to die, and the film ends when he dies himself.

Mehreen Misbah Profile
Mehreen Misbah answered
The movie 'Perfume: The Story of a Murderer' is the cinematic projection of the famous historical horror novel that was written by German author Patrick Soskind in the year 1985 and is titled 'Das Parfum'. The actual movie is directed by Tom Tykwer and the central theme of the story revolves around the notion of the sense of scent. It is a pedantic exploration of the smelling sense and the relationship that it shares with the emotional comprehension of different odor and scents that the smelling sense comes in any encounter with, be it of any nature.

A horror story by genre, it involves a murderer whose identity, communication and the moral aspect of his spirit are the various dimensions through which the story is carried forward. The tale is set in the 18th century in France and stars Ben Whishaw, who plays the part of the psychopathic Jean-Baptiste Grenouille with elegance and élan. Nevertheless the general opinion as it goes with all novel-based movies goes for this one as well, elucidating the general stance of the public that the movie was not as good as the book.

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