Patrick Suskind Essay

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Oppositional structures in the postmodern world of Perfume masks the truth and exposes the lies. Through many literary devices and religious elements, the author Patrick Suskind employs postmodern messages. The use of postmodernist mockery exposes the lies, and the enlightenment era characteristics mask the truth. Enlightenment and romantic era characteristics also preserve styles from the era in which the novel takes place: mid to late 1700’s. Suskind hides the truth internally, within the knowledge of the narrator and exposes the lies to a relevant audience to convince the reader to diminish conventional values. Characteristics of enlightenment and romantic era literature include focuses on imagination and talent. The focus on imagination…show more content…
Marquis Taillade Espinasse, a reflection of Grenouille, explores his imagination and talents through scientific experimentation. He does so “by spreading the semen of bulls over various grasses, he attempted to produce a milk-yielding animal-vegetable hybrid, a sort of udder flower. After initial successes that enabled him to produce a cheese,” (139). Taillade Espinasse observes and records his data incorrectly, he misinterprets success from his experiment while in reality the “cheese” is just dried bull semen, not a hybrid plant. “...from his milk grass-described by the Academy of Sciences of Lyon as ‘tasting of goat, though slightly bitter,” (139). Taillade Espinasse observes and records his data incorrectly. He proceeds to share these falsehoods, which he considers truth, with the science community. This presents a postmodern mockery of…show more content…
Christianity proposes acceptance regardless of sin, Suskind dispels that notion by condemning innocent baby Grenouille. Suskind reveals this lie in religion through the rejection and condemnation of Grenouille by Father Terrier. Father Terrier thinks, “Away with it! Though Father Terrier, away this very instant… he was about to say ‘devil’, but caught himself and refrained…,” (18). Father Terrier represents the church and immediately rejects a testament. Grenouille later confirms his condemnation by proclaiming his evil as he plans to rule mankind, “And he said to himself that he wanted to do this because he was evil thoroughly evil” (156). This portrays the lie of the church which reflects on religion as a
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