In some works of literature a character who appears briefly or does not
appear at all has a significant presence.
Even though a character may not be present in a play,
does not mean that they have no importance. In fact, these characters
have more of an influence over the way the other characters act and
speak. Two plays that exhibit this are Miss Julie, by August Strindberg
and Mourning Becomes Electra, by Eugene O'Neill.
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this may cause her to do it at the end. When the Count returns
at the end of the play, he calls Jean to clean his boots, Jean nervously
obeys him, from this you can see how much of an affect he has on all of
Therefore you can see from these examples how even though
characters may not appear in a story, or they only appear briefly, they do
have a significance.