omniscient point of view

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See also disclosure; point of view.

1. In written fiction, a traditional third-person point of view in which the ‘godlike’ narrator is usually also the implied author and thus all-knowing and able to offer or withhold information about any events (even those happening simultaneously) and about the actions, motivations, and unspoken thoughts of any character. Such narrators may be obtrusive (e.g. evaluative) or self-effacing.

2. (film) A mode of narration in which the audience is shown far more than any single character can see, often from the most informative angles, though film-makers usually selectively withhold information.

Subjects: Media Studies.

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