The level of believability of a piece of literature is an equally important aspect incorporated in truth telling. If there was an aspect, that was completely and utterly not plausible that cropped up into a book, one would not believe it. For example, let’s take another of Shakespeare’s play, Romeo and Juliet. This play revolves around a ‘star-struck’ relationship between Romeo and Juliet who are madly in love but cannot be together because of an old family feud and ultimately results in the death of both the protagonists.
The major theme in this play is love at first sight, if the story resulted in Romeo cheating on Juliet with a MAN, it would be so unbelievable that it would rob the audience of the true essence of Romeos character. So for a piece of literature to tell the truth it has to be believable. A possible counter claim against this premise could be it could have been the authors/play writer’s intention to have a twist in the tale. In rebuttal, why would an author, after having spent so much time emphasizing certain motives of heterosexual love, put such an unexpected twist in the plot?
The limitation of this way of knowing is that, an author’s story would hardly ever come into question as they are the artist, it is their story and they have the right to create as many twists, unexpected changes as they please. You are what people think of you. The reputation that a certain poet/author has has major implications over what people think, say, do around them. The credibility of the poet is a vital element to convey truth in their literature. For example, the controversial poet ‘Sarah Jones’ with her views on female degradation in the hip-hop industry voiced her opinions and has caused a lot of media ruckus.
A poet with credentials from potentially biased sources could have a negative impact on the audience who were meant to receive her poem ‘Your Revolution’. These could be misinterpreted and therefore the truth would be molded into something that it is not. A limitation in this aspect of truth telling is that, most of it is only potential and her media publicity could possibly increase her fame and get her views across more forcefully. A possible counter claim to the aspect of credibility is that it cannot really be tested and therefore cannot be proven to a certain extent In conclusion, art can and does tell the truth in many situations.
The ways we can identify that it does this is by the attention to detail given, the prose and choice of words used, the level of credibility, and the credibility of the poet/author him/herself. The truth has many forms, only some of which were explored in this paper, but literature in particular deals with the truth of the message given. To further explore the horizons made viewable by the question, we could look into the possibility of defining truth itself and truth in different areas such as mathematics, natural sciences and so on an so forth. We could try and give the answer to Pilate’s question, ‘What is truth? ‘