The, Perfume : The Story Of A Murderer

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Women in literature are constantly demeaned to basic stereotypes and orchestrated archetypes that dictate their place and standing in society. The objectification and dehumanization of women is a standard theme in Suskind’s novel, Perfume: The Story of a Murderer. This novel perverts the idea of God and purity itself as well as it also perverts the idea of femininity and the social construct of virginity. Suskind dehumanizes women and molds them into nothing more than emotionless robots or sexual objects. The women in the novel are given no real definition or characterization, and are easily outnumbered and overshadowed by the presence of men. By virtue of the fact that the third person narrator and author are male, the novel is already viewed and portrayed in a patriarchal sense. This perpetuates the patriarchal ideology that is rooted deeply in both modern and 18th century French society. Women characters are analyzed based upon male characters. Perfume is never told by a woman, which means that there is never a female perspective, and therefore many things are left out.

The patriarchal society of France focuses on the idea on the idea of the objectification of women, such as “The town council was a committee of thirty of the richest and most influential commoners and nobles in Grasse.” (Page 197, Paragraph 4) This whole council is men, and men are the most influential in this community. This shows that women don’t even get a viewpoint in society and are given no say in…
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