Grenouille’s behavior in this section, especially as he pulls farther and farther away from humanity, made me think of an article that centered around odor as the most powerful memory trigger. In “Odor-evoked Autobiographical memories”( http://chemse.oxfordjournals.org/content/25/1/111.full ) references a study done in 1989 by Cann and Ross that used olfactory stimuli to solicit memories.
Could Grenouille’s retraction from society be subconsciously linked to the memories he associates with humans? Why or why not? I think that it is possible because all of the humans that Grenouille has been in contact with have abandoned him, and from this sections particularly Baldini has illustrated his seemingly evil character. Grenouille’s one sort of positive interaction with a human was with the young virgin, which did end in death and disintegration of the odor he ‘loved’. However, this would mean that Grenouille has some deeply, deeply, buried resentment toward how people have treated him and guilt for what he did to the innocent young girl.
What do you think?