Body odor, breath odor, overwhelmed him.
Relating to the concept of “funk” in the 1940’s, Soaphead’s misanthropic perception of other people is taken to its most extreme form. Everyone and everything in the world puts on display the inescapable flaws and folly of mankind. In short, he hates “funk.” Both natural and artificial, new and old, light and dark, Soaphead sees an “odor” about the world that once seen, can never be unseen. His hatred of mankind grows exponentially to the extent that not even a glimpse of perfection can be caught. Yet he desires something apart from the odors of the world and finds this satisfaction in little girls. Smooth-skinned and innocent, they seem, to him, unharmed and incapable of understanding the roots of his disgust.
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