Writing Techniques in The Vagabond

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Colette's fictional pieces are notable for their uncomplicated plots; their interesting, though usually not highly gifted or brilliant, characters; their intensely realized settings; and their excellent style. The Vagabond illustrates all these qualities. Since the emphasis is on the heroine, the use of the firstperson seems appropriate. Renee tells her story well. Colette employs useful and easily understood and appreciated symbols, such as mirrors. The text opens with Renee sitting before a mirror in her dressing room waiting to go on stage. As she gazes at the "stranger" in the glass, she begins to ruminate on her situation and her identity. Within five pages she has gotten the introductory note from Max, who was in the audience and wishes to meet her, and the narrative is launched.

In an almost anachronistic fashion, Colette also utilizes the device of epistolary communication. Once Renee has left Paris on tour with...

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