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omniscient narrator

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[om-nish-ĕnt] An ‘all-knowing’ kind of narrator very commonly found in works of fiction written as third-person narratives. The omniscient narrator has a full knowledge of the ...

omniscient narrator

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The Oxford Dictionary of Literary Terms (4 ed.)

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... narrator [ om- nish -ĕnt ] An ‘all-knowing’ kind of narrator very commonly found in works of fiction written as third-person narratives . The omniscient narrator has a full knowledge of the story’s events and of the motives and unspoken thoughts of the various characters. He or she will also be capable of describing events happening simultaneously in different places—a capacity not normally available to the limited point of view of first-person narratives . See also intrusive narrator...

omniscient narrator

omniscient narrator  

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[om-nish-ĕnt]An ‘all-knowing’ kind of narrator very commonly found in works of fiction written as third-person narratives. The omniscient narrator has a full knowledge of the story's events and of ...
Acts

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Loveday Alexander and Loveday Alexander

The Oxford Bible Commentary

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... 1998 : 337 ), and is also made by Paul ( Gal 3:13 ). The primary result of Jesus' exaltation is that the gift of ‘repentance and forgiveness of sins’ is now offered to Israel ( v. 31 ). ( 5:33–9 ) The Advice of Gamaliel Luke again adopts the privileged position of an omniscient narrator to report a private debate from within the ranks of the Sanhedrin ( v. 34 ). Gamaliel's intervention introduces an ironic commentary on the unfolding plot, posing a question that the reader will be able to answer (Luke makes sure of that) even if the council members cannot...

Jeremiah

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Kathleen M. O'Connor and Kathleen M. O'Connor

The Oxford Bible Commentary

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...narrators appear in them. The first and most prominent is an omniscient third-person speaker who is authoritative and descriptive, often identified with Jeremiah's scribe Baruch, and who relates events in many of these chapters ( 26, 29, 32, 33, 36, 37–45; Holladay 1989 : 16; but see Carroll 1986 : 662–8; Clements 1988 : 153; Nicholson 1970 : 17 ). He describes events and quotes YHWH, Jeremiah, and other characters whose voices are filtered through his own. The theological, political, and ideological perspectives of this implied narrator are both...

Ezra–Nehemiah

Ezra–Nehemiah   Reference library

Daniel L. Smith-Christopher and Daniel L. Smith-Christopher

The Oxford Bible Commentary

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Religion
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... 7:6; Neh 2:1–4 ); both preside over a number of significant reforms in the Jewish communities in Jerusalem; both write of their experiences in the first person. Noting this, Eskenazi ( 1988 ) points out that the editorial tendency is towards a preference for Ezra: ‘The Omniscient narrator…corroborates Ezra's assessment of reality by repeated references to divine support for Ezra’ (ibid. 134). The contrast between the two figures can, however, be taken in other directions. Kapelrud ( 1944 ) based his doubts about the very existence of a historical Ezra on...

Matthew

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Dale C. Allison, Jr. and Dale C. Allison, Jr.

The Oxford Bible Commentary

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...knows him and in which Moses prays that he might know God; and the promise of rest (cf. the realized eschatology in Heb 4:1–13 ) is modelled upon Ex 33:14 . Jesus moreover is like Moses in that he is ‘meek’ ( Num 12:3 ), full of revelation (Jewish tradition made Moses all but omniscient; cf. Jub. 1:4 ; Sipre Deut. §357), and has a ‘yoke’ (a word often applied to the Mosaic law). All this accords with Jesus' status as the new Moses of the new covenant. ( 12:1–8 ) Although Jews certainly recognized that exceptional circumstances sometimes allowed the...

intrusive narrator

intrusive narrator  

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An omniscient narrator who, in addition to reporting the events of a novel's story, offers further comments on characters and events, and who sometimes reflects more generally upon the significance ...
omniscient point of view

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 ...
third-person narrative

third-person narrative  

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A narrative or mode of storytelling in which the narrator is not a character within the events related, but stands ‘outside’ those events. In a third-person narrative, all characters within the story ...
third-person point of view

third-person point of view  

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In literary fiction, the most common mode of narration in which the narrator acts as a non-participating observer of the represented events. Often an omniscient point of view, though sometimes ...
Bluest Eye

Bluest Eye  

A novel by Toni Morrison, published in 1970. The voices of Claudia, a young black girl, and an omniscient narrator describe a year in the grim life of Pecola Breedlove ...
focalization

focalization  

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The term used in modern narratology for ‘point of view’; that is, for the kind of perspective from which the events of a story are witnessed. Events observed by a traditional omniscient narrator are ...
point of view

point of view  

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The perspective from which a story is told. Written narratives most often employ third-person point of view (‘telling’), but can also use first-person point of view (‘showing’) (see also diegesis; ...
Mama Day

Mama Day  

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Gloria Naylor's third novel, Mama Day (1988) details the lives of the title character, also called Miranda Day, and her great-niece, Cocoa (Ophelia). With sections set in New York City and on Willow ...
Dessa Rose

Dessa Rose  

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As the protagonist and narrator of Sherley Anne Williams's critically acclaimed neo-slave narrative and historical novel, Dessa Rose (1986), Dessa revises the trope of the “slave woman.” In her ...
Two Offers, The.

Two Offers, The.  

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Frances Ellen Watkins Harper's “The Two Offers” was first published in the Anglo-African Magazine in 1859 and is considered the first published short story by an African American woman in the United ...
Like One of the Family

Like One of the Family  

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Alice Childress's Like One of the Family … Conversations from a Domestic's Life (1956) is a collection of sixty-two short conversations that originally appeared in Paul Robeson's newspaper Freedom ...
intrusive narrator

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The Oxford Dictionary of Literary Terms (4 ed.)

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...narrator An omniscient narrator who, in addition to reporting the events of a novel’s story, offers further comments on characters and events, and who sometimes reflects more generally upon the significance of the story. A device used frequently by the great realist novelists of the 19th century, notably George Eliot and Leo Tolstoy , the intrusive narrator allows the novel to be used for general moral commentary on human life, sometimes in the form of brief digressive essays interrupting the narrative. An earlier example is the narrator of ...

narrator

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A Dictionary of Media and Communication (3 ed.)

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2020
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Media studies
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... 1. A person telling a story ( fiction or non-fiction), overtly or covertly: compare author . 2. In literary fiction, the ‘voice’ of someone telling the story, which may be the author, an authorial persona , or a character. The choice is directly related to point of view . A third-person point of view is often that of an omniscient narrator and tends to connote the authorial voice ( see also omniscient point of view ). A first-person point of view is that of a character: often the hero or heroine. Such narrators may be obtrusive or...

third-person narrative

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The Oxford Dictionary of Literary Terms (4 ed.)

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...narrative A narrative or mode of storytelling in which the narrator is not a character within the events related, but stands ‘outside’ those events. In a third-person narrative, all characters within the story are therefore referred to as ‘he’, ‘she’, or ‘they’; but this does not, of course, prevent the narrator from using the first person ‘I’ or ‘we’ in commentary on the events and their meaning. Third-person narrators are often omniscient or ‘all-knowing’ about the events of the story, but they may sometimes appear to be restricted in their...

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