Third Person Omniscient POV (Point of View): Definition & Examples

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Choosing the right POV (point of view) for a new work of fiction has always been a matter of great importance in storytelling.

And, when you opt for a third-person omniscient narrator, you get what you wished for, an all-knowing narrative voice for your story taking your readers into every character’s head.

Related: What is Third Person Limited POV?

What is Third Person Omniscient Point of View?

In third-person omniscient narrative the storyteller has complete access to all the character’s thoughts, emotions & feelings, the omniscient narrator knows everyone and everything. The third-person omniscient narrator is sometimes referred to as the god-narrator because they tell the story from their own god-like perspective.

  • In this narrative the narrator uses third person pronouns such as ”he”, ”his”, ”she”, ”her”, ”it”, ”they”, ”them” or can refer to the characters directly by their names.
  • The best part of third person omniscient narrators is that they are reliable in telling the story.
  • The readers can trust the omniscient narrator’s words and whatever they are depicted from the story as they are all-knowing, they know every character’s ins and outs and usually tell the story without showing any bias for a specific character.
The God Narrator

Understand the use of third person omniscient point of view from sentence examples-

  • Everyone in the group was so excited after visiting the old hotel, but Smith, Justin and Rachel were scared through some supernatural events which started happening after their arrival.
  • After facing humiliation at the college Jim and Noah planned to take revenge on Benee but they didn’t know Benee had also planned to do something evil.

Examples of Third Person Omniscient (Point of View)-

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Elizabeth was just thinking whether to tell of this engagement to her parents. Sir William Lucas himself arrived at Longbourn and formally told of the engagement. Bennets could not believe it and were amazed too much. Mrs Bennet and Lydia very awkwardly challenged this news to be true, but Elizabeth confirmed it which they could jealously believe it.

PRIDE AND PREJUDICE

third person omniscient point of view examples

Prince Vasili always spoke indolently, like an actor rehearsing an old part. Anna Pavlovna, on the contrary, in spite of her forty years, was full of vivacity and impulses. Being an enthusiast had given her a peculiar position in society, and sometimes, even when it was contrary to her own inclinations, she worked herself up to the proper pitch of enthusiasm, so as not to disappoint her acquaintances.

WAR AND PEACE

THIRD PERSON OMNISCIENT POINT OF VIEW EXAMPLES

The boy went out. They had eaten with no lights on the table, and the old man took off his trousers and went to bed in the dark….He was asleep in short time, and he dreamed of Africa when he was a boy and the long golden beaches and the white beaches, so white they hurt your eyes…

THE OLD MAN AND THE SEA

third person omniscient point of view examples

Sometimes she did not know what she feared, what she desired: whether she feared or desired what had been or what would be, and precisely what she desired, she did not know.

ANN KARENINA

third person omniscient point of view examples

The dwarves groaned and looked most distressed, and Bilbo wept. They had begun to think Gandalf was going to come all the way and would always help them out in difficulties.

THE HOBBIT

Related: What is First-Person (Point of View)?

Neel Rana

About the Author- Neel Rana is a successful short story book author, flash fiction writer, literary enthusiast, entrepreneur and the founder of Pandora Post. Neel holds a degree in BA Honours in English Literature and has been writing since 2017. You can read more about him here