What motivates Grenouille to commit his first murder? What does he discover about himself and his destiny after he has killed the red-haired girl ? Perfume: The Story of a Murderer  by Patrick Süskind

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Jean Baptiste wanted to recreate that specific aroma that he detected on the redheaded girl. He chased her down and, after killing her, he tried to preserve her unique scent. However, he noticed that shortly after the body dies, the essence (which is a symbol for the elixir of life...

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Jean Baptiste wanted to recreate that specific aroma that he detected on the redheaded girl. He chased her down and, after killing her, he tried to preserve her unique scent. However, he noticed that shortly after the body dies, the essence (which is a symbol for the elixir of life he so lacked), ceases to exist.

This led him to realize that, forever, he will be in search of that scent that brings him to life, and that the only way to obtain it is through actively pursuing the woman who has it, even if it means through killing them all.

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