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"Sie waren ein Tier, und ich habe einen Menschen aus Ihnen gemacht": Eine Analyse der Tiersymbolik im Roman Das Parfum von Patrick Süskind
Linnaeus University, Faculty of Arts and Humanities, Department of Languages.
2013 (German)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

This paper aims to explore the animalistic aspects and symbolics of the main character, Grenouille, in the German novel Das Parfum, written by Patrick Süskind. The study sets out to find out how Grenouille is described using metaphors that are connected to animals. It also seeks to define which features Grenouille possesses that can be seen as animalistic, and are comparable to features found in animals and familiar in animal symbolics, and which animals are used in these descriptions. The results show that Grenouille and his demeanor is largely described using animal metaphors, specifically the behaviors and characteristics of the tick, spider, snake, and frog, as well as mentions of animalistic features that do not belong to any specific animal species, such as Grenouille's predatory characteristics. Furthermore, there is a discussion of why these animal symbolics and metaphors are used in the text, and what purpose they serve. A short discussion whether Grenouille can be described as mostly man or beast, are also included in the study.

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2013.
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General Literature Studies
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URN: urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-38813OAI: oai:DiVA.org:lnu-38813DiVA: diva2:775600
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German
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Available from: 2015-02-19 Created: 2015-01-04 Last updated: 2015-02-19Bibliographically approved

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