1. Do you think that Jean-Baptiste Grenouille’s smell is a sign of the devil, as most who come in contact with him do? Do his oddities stem from this lack of smell, or do they come from the environment in which he grew up in?
2. Why is smell significant in the novel? More specifically, why did the author choose smell as the primary focus rather than any of the other senses?
3. Madame Gaillard seems to be very similar to Jean-Baptiste Grenouille in that they both lack empathy and are very impersonal. Why do you think that even Madame is unsettled by Grenouille despite their similarities?