"Anna Karenina," "The Da Vinci Code," and "Little Women" are all examples of stories told through an omniscient point of view. When using an omnisicient point of view, the narrator is an all-knowing, all-seeing presence that can switch from head to head of any of the characters to reveal past, present and future knowledge that a limited omniscient narrator would be unable to do.Continue Reading
Omnisicent point of view is told through third person pronouns such as he and she. The narrator is not a character in the story but a figure that has access to each character's thoughts and feelings at its own whim.
In Louisa May Alcott's "Little Women" the narrator is disembodied and able to provide the reader with information about each of the characters' thoughts and feelings. While the narrator tends to focus on the character Jo March, when necessary the narrator switches into the mind of another character, usually to inform the reader of something the others characters do not know yet.
The novel "Anna Karenina" by Leo Tolstoy employs this method similarly, often relaying information from the character Anna's perspective but also placing equal emphasis on the thoughts and feelings of other characters like fellow protagonist Levin.
Dan Brown's "The Da Vinci Code" tells a story from multiple characters' points of view, allowing the reader to learn what each individual sees and hears.Learn more about Literary Writing