If you're born to such a hell as was 16th century Paris there would be no way to reconcile the two opposites of beauty and the hideous. The film is a lesson in extreme dysfunction. When a child is born its life will be determined by whether there is love and nurture. This child didn't have a chance... except for his olfactory gifts and humans obsession with perfume. The sweet smell offsetting the reality of life, so to speak.