Compare and contrast how Patrick Suskind’s Perfume and Alfred Hitchcock’s Psycho explore

Compare and contrast how Patrick Suskind’s Perfume and Alfred Hitchcock’s Psycho explore how the manifestation of evil due to one’s self-interests provokes the audience to explore their own moral compass.Patrick Suskind’s 1985 novel Perfume and Alfred Hitchcock’s 1960 film Psycho takes the audience on a journey that provokes one’s moral compass when using sympathy as a means of manipulation. Suskind’s historical fantasy follows Jean-Baptise Grenoullie, a man obsessed with olfactory sensations, and Hitchcock’s Slasher, Norman Bates, a hotel owner with dissociative personality disorder. Both authors highlight how the absence of a motherly figure lead to conflict in their central characters lives which develops into a psychotic mentality. Although both anti-heros have different motives, the authors create sympathy for them regardless of their evil and places the audience in a position of moral conflict. Shaped by the absence of a motherly figure, both authors explore the effect of a lack of nurture on the central character’s mentality which ultimately lead to them injuring themselves and others. Whilst the profound nature of the central figures, expose their evil, to what extent does the lack of nurture affect their mentality. Grenoullie is born to a mother who “openly admit[ed] that she would definitely have let [him] perish”. As his birth mother, who is “decapitated” on counts of “multiple infantcide[s]”, Grenoullie is given to a wet nurse “as prescribed by law”. He changes wet nurses several times as “[he] was too greedy,” and is thought to be “possessed by the devil” as he had no natural smell which was considered as no soul. Due to the lack of love and nurture he receives as a child

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