I'm currently writing a short story with some emotional moments. My goal is for my reader's to feel similar levels/types of emotion that I did when I wrote those moments (when I played these "scenes" in my head, I was not in control of my body and I always hated crying and people who did it). So the question is: Without character development, can a sad situation be emotionally devastating to someone who has zero emotional connection to the characters involved? Just to clarify what I'm asking, I'll put it another way: is it possible for a the language of a scene (paired with things like symbolism/perspective) to be so powerful and universally recognizable that backstory isn't necessary to help convey intense emotion? A scene in a movie doesn't require backstory, the viewer doesn't need to imagine, they can just experience it as it happens. But, without any experience in writing this way, I feel I must resort to adding backstory.