Analysis of the 1986 book, with emphasis on the character Jean-Baptiste Grenouille. It is argued that Grenouille, although a “monster,” is a complex and sympathetic character; he is compared to a tragic hero in his compulsion to find a scent that will enable him to be loved by others. The paper also discusses some of the sub-themes of the novel, as well as the ways in which the ending can be interpreted. 15 pages, 26 footnotes, 10 bibliographic references.
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