The thought of agnosticism proves unmindful to the being of irregular occasions where adult male is delivered out of his problems by a supernatural, in other words miracles. But, are these supposed miracles true? Are n’t they merely another societal convention that helps keep order in the societies of today where offense lurks at every corner? The novels Perfume by Patrick Suskind and the Foreigner by Albert Camus contain characters, who have strong agnostic properties, and through these characters, both authors portray their position of faith through both characters.
As if to state us instantly that faith plays a major function in ‘Perfume ‘ , Suskind names the chief character of the fresh ‘Jean-Baptiste Grenouille ‘[ 1 ]. By making this, Suskind uses enunciation to do an analogy between ‘Perfume ‘ and the ‘Bible ‘ bespeaking the character/lifestyle of Grenouille. In the bible, Jean-Baptiste or as the English would state, John the Baptist, was a adult male who committed his full life to rolling around the comeuppances prophesying the message of God. He had no place and no household of his ain. His travels through the comeuppances made him look Haggard to anyone who laid their eyes on him. By associating the name ‘Jean Baptiste ‘ to the bible character of John, the readers have a clear image of how Grenouille was traveling to populate his life.
Like-wise in ‘The Outsider ‘ , Mersault ‘s female parent chose to hold a ‘religious funeral ‘ as quoted from the text[ 2 ]. Camus here uses ‘religious funeral ‘ , because this was the norm in those times where faith played a critical functions in the life of people in general. Even though Mersault ‘s female parent was non spiritual, as we find out on the following page, she chose to hold a spiritual funeral, in order to suit in. It was to guarantee that she was non to be regarded as an uneven individual after her decease. To do her seem like person who was n’t a alien to the regulations of society. This can be linked to one of the chief subjects in the novel in this instance the subject of society ‘s force per unit areas. Just like in Perfume, the writer uses enunciation to heighten the plot line in the novel.
Using spiritual properties as a usher, Suskind bit by bit develops the general image of Grenouille in the heads of the readers, besides boding the events that would take topographic point later-on in his life. ‘He ‘s possessed by the Satan ‘[ 3 ]. Here, Suskind foreshadows the events which would take to the decease of Grenouille. Regardless of the metaphoristic usage of the Satan, Grenouille is non possessed by the Satan, but instead he is possessed by the impulse to accomplish his end. So, Suskind personifies Grenouille ‘s greatest aspiration, his passion and compares to the ardor and energy of person who is possessed by the Satan. The ‘devil ‘ , leads Grenouille to take the lives of so many people, so his aspirations are fulfilled. Besides, Suskind foreshadows the effects the aromas Grenouille creates will hold on people. An illustration of such an consequence is that, the people around the user of the aroma would be attracted to the aroma. The people did non understand what draws them to Grenouille. ‘It was like they were being possessed ‘ . A state of affairs when 1 has no control at all of the action he/she takes. By utilizing this technique, Suskind presents Grenouille as a character who is non like any other, about a Supreme Being.
When Mersault is taken to see the magistrate for the first clip, the magistrate inquiries Mersault if he believes in God. The talk about the slaying so all of a sudden changes into an issue about faith. ‘He was tilting right across the tabular array, beckoning his rood about straight over me ‘[ 4 ]. By utilizing enunciation once more, Camus employs symbolism with the word Crucifix, to associate God to redemption. It creates an thought in the reader ‘s head that the lone manner that Mersault can derive redemption for his wickedness was to squeal his wickedness to God, even if, he had n’t committed that wickedness. Ironically, Mersault, an atheist, succumbs to the force per unit areas of society, in this instance the analyzing magistrate, and agrees to alter and inquire for God ‘s forgiveness. We subsequently realize that Mersault did n’t truly intend to hold. That he was driven to make so by the huge heat in the room and the hot voice of the magistrate. This once more can be linked to the novel ‘s subject of subjugation in the society. The author uses the rood to typify the force per unit areas society and faith topographic points on people to conform to the regulations of society.
In Perfume, the chief thought of the novel was to explicate to the populace that society would ever associate anything that they do non understand to the supernatural. The writer creates an environment in Grasse where the theanthropism was terrible. ‘Whoever believed in God sought relief in the supplication that at least his ain would be spared this trial from snake pit ‘[ 5 ]. Grenouille has merely killed a group of beautiful immature maidens and still remained undiscovered. The people believed that the offenses that were traveling on could non hold been accomplished by a human being, for the methods were excessively alone, so they rapidly assigned the cause to the supernatural. They compared the deceases to a trial from snake pit in an effort to do ground out of the occurrences in the town. This can be related to ‘The Outsider ‘ because they portion the same thought. Camus wrote ‘The Outsider ‘ because of adult male ‘s incapableness to accept the norm but to rapidly tie in anything that they did non understand to God and his will.
The chief motive of ‘The Outsider ‘ is to convey the message that human existences can non accept certain events and ever have to happen a ground for things they do n’t understand. This is how Camus generalizes absurdness. Camus portrays faith, once more symbolized with a rood, as the sole agencies by which Human Beings can do sense out of the irrational and purposeless. It generalizes the thought that if something is non understood a higher metaphysical being is resorted to. In Perfume, the same belief is shared by Suskind, who believes that human existences would ever turn to the supernatural if something is non understood. So, when Mersault defies the magistrate, by rejecting faith, he implicitly rejects all systems that seek to specify the terra incognitas in human life. The rebelliousness causes him to be branded as a menace to societal order and finally leads to his decease. This once more, links to the novel ‘s subject of society ‘s force per unit areas and the consequences of non-conformity.
Both Camus and Suskind take their reader on a journey through their novels where faith plays a critical function in the motivations of the writers and in contrast, worthless to the fictional lives of the chief characters. Mersault was executed hours after he declared that God did n’t count to him, that his last minutes were for him entirely, and that he ‘did n’t desire to blow it on God ‘ . Mersault lived his life without any consideration to God and died the same manner. By this, both writers indicate that life can be lived in ignorance ; God does n’t hold to be the ground for our being. I would state that if faith was to be considered as a periphery and an unrealistic manner of doing sense out of the inexplicable, a batch of happenings in History will hold to be explained e.g. the whole history of Jesus and of the New Testament in the Bible of the messages sent from Allah to Mohammed in the Holy Koran. So, I personally do non hold with Camus and Suskind, one might see this to be because of my spiritual background, but excessively many inquiries will hold to be answered about the truth and truth in what is considered universe history today.