The Minor Characters By Patrick Suskind 's Perfume Had A Direct Impact On The Evolution Of Grenouille
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The minor characters that appear in Patrick Suskind’s novel Perfume had a direct impact on the evolution of Grenouille throughout his journey. Although these characters only appear for a rather short amount of time, their lasting effect on Grenouille is clearly evident. Throughout the novel, Grenouille is constantly referred to as a “tick” due to his tendency of bringing misfortune to anyone he comes into contact with. This supposed effect Grenouille has on his victims tends to overshadow the roles the other characters. Grenouille’s mother, Father Terrier, Madame Gaillard, the plum girl, Baldini, Taillade- Espinasse, and Laure all partake in the transformation of Grenouille into a murderer. It is through their influence in which Grenouille realizes his olfactory abilities, hence giving him the drive he needs in order find purpose in his life.
Grenouille is introduced to the audience as the protagonist from the beginning of the novel. As soon as he enter the world he faces judgment and is denied by his mother.(”…still a young woman, barely in her mid-twenties, and who was quite pretty and had almost all her teeth in her mouth and some hair on her head”), Grenouille’s mother is the first minor character to appear in the novel, Suskind utilizes her and her treatment of Grenouille effectively in order to set up the tone of misfortune. Ironically, during the painful birth, Grenouille’s mother sense of smell “had been utterly dulled”. Grenouille would come into the world with a