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Unseen Characters[edit]

I am not particularly interested in resuming the discussion you were having at Talk:Unseen character but I thought I might usefully be able to offer some helpful advice.

In that discussion you made some important points about proper sourcing, the very first and most important criteria for inclusion in Wikipedia, and it is a shame that your confusion over the meaning of directly and indirectly overshadowed the more useful contribution you had to make. I hope that your experience there has not put you off being a Wikipedian.

In discussion of literature, and in literary criticism, which includes plays, poetry, tv shows, films as well as novels and non-fiction works, the terms direct and indirect have quite specific meanings.

When a character speaks, that is direct speech. When a character says, "Bob told me to come," then Bob is speaking indirectly, we are told what he said but he does not say it himself. In a novel, when the narrator says, "Emma thought him a wise man and praised his gentlemanly manners," so that Emma's words were not spoken by her but the narrator has told us what she would have said or what she meant to say, that is called free indirect discourse.

In a more visual medium, a tv show or film, for example, a character that the reader or viewer observes, that they can see with their own eyes, or hear over a telephone or intercom, is said to have been observed, directly. Indirectly refers to those few cases when they are spoken of, when they are talked about, but never observed.

For example, if the postman puts his hand through the letter box and all you can see of him is the tips of his fingers, the viewer has directly observed the postman. It does not matter that the postman was played by the production assistant, or that you never saw his face, or that he didn't speak and is not listed on the script. If you saw his hand, that is a directly observed character and for the purposes of that article he is not an unseen character. A similarly obscure but directly observed character would be the woman glimpsed through a shower curtain. The viewer might glimspe only her silhouette, but she is nevertheless seen directly by the viewer.

However, if a character walks into the room carrying a letter and says, "the postman brought me a letter," the postman is known to the audience only indirectly, through the words spoken about him rather than through his physical appearance. The postman would then be an unseen character.

The example in your discussion of a character who is seen with a pie over her face is directly observed, she is seen by the audience, and it does not matter that she cannot be identified, she is observed, directly, although incompletely, and is therefore not an unseen character.

In this context, the ongoing discussion in the article about whether Godot should be included is very instructive. One of the reasons that writers include unseen characters is to raise the possibility of whether they actually exist or are simply imagined by other characters. In Emma, a novel by Jane Austen, there is an unseen character called Mr. Perry. To start with only Emma refers to him and the reader wonders whether Emma is mad and only imagines him. Gradually, other characters refer to Mr. Perry, they mention having been to his shop, they agree with his opinions on things, they refer to his children, the little Perry's, and we start to wonder whether these characters are merely humouring Emma in her madness or have they really seen this Mr. Perry. Eventually, enough people refer to him for us to believe he exists and that whilst Emma is certainly deluded about some things she has not imagined Mr. Perry.

In the play Waiting for Godot, the two characters spend the entire play waiting for Godot to arrive and the whole point of the play, the entire reason the play was written, was to invite the audience to consider whether Godot exists. For ten years, Wikipedia editors have been debating whether to include Godot in their article about unseen characters; he should go in because he defines the genre; no, no, no, you can't put him in because no one knows whether he exists or not. And, ironically, not one of these editors has spotted that this whole discussion is the very reason Waiting for Godot was written in the first place.

This existence issue helps clarify what an unseen character is. The postman who pokes his fingers through the letter box, the woman glimpsed through the shower curtain and the woman with the pie on her face clearly exist. If the viewer or reader knows, directly, from seeing or hearing them, however indistinctly, vaguely or briefly, that the character actually exists, they are not an unseen character. Once their existence is proven they are not unseen.

Finally, you asked the not completely unreasonable meta-question of whether or not the trope of unseen character exists. Should there even be an article on this? For answer, I offer an article from The Guardian, discussing them, and whilst I don't normally recommend reading the comments below the line, in this case I think you might find them useful: Unseen Characters. Cottonshirtτ 08:25, 17 February 2015 (UTC)

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Unseen character[edit]

Hello! There is a DR/N request you may have interest in.[edit]


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Vera Peterson and Maris Crane on Unseen character - Dispute resolution[edit]

I have filed a request for moderation on the Dispute Resolution Noticeboard about this. The volunteer there has requested the issue be discussed further on the article's talk page, but has kept the request open in case we do not reach consensus there. I have started a new section for discussing this at the bottom of the article's talk page and encourage your input. Mmyers1976 (talk) 14:21, 28 June 2016 (UTC)