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Reflective Statement: Perfume

Perfume by Patrick Süskind, exposed me to a series of literary texts, themes and ideas. It also opened me to a variety of cultural developments that happened throughout the book. In the slums of 18th century Paris, Jean-Baptiste Grenouille is born, with the gift of scent. As he grows up he lives to decipher the smells of Paris. He journeys to satisfy his obsessions with capturing odors, and it’s this that drives him to a murdering quest to create the ultimate perfume and in the process present his-self with a scent of his own. Through the interactive oral I gained a better understanding of the historical context and Parisian lifestyle. When reading I had superficial knowledge and I never really…