Connections

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?

-Carolyn

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2 thoughts on “Connections

  1. I don’t believe that Grenuoille has emotions, at least not like the rest of humanity. I believe that he is more animal than man, and that when strays away from the rest of society, he is afraid or uncomfortable with them much like any wild animal. I find it hard to believe that he has much humanity in him.

  2. I think he is repulsed by the human smell because he has found such clean air. Had he not found this air or the traces that led him there, he would never have made himself alone on this mountain. I don’t think it has to do with the people he has been with because even though they weren’t lovey and compassionate they we’re helping him. I think it could be due to his subconscious because he probably knows he was abandoned as a baby and that he is weird. I think maybe when he smells a girl again the memories of the girl he killed might flood back. This could lead to the disgusting things we are all waiting for.

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