Plausibility in Sir David Hare's The Secret Rapture from Foucauldian New Historicism

Document Type : Research Paper


1 Full-time faculty member at IAU, Darrehshahr Branch

2 am

3 phd student


New historicism is a different approach in which the subjectivity of the history is seriously questioned and emphasizes the personal bias affecting the interpretation of the history. In Foucault's beliefs, history is not self-sufficed; instead, it is one of the discourses or attitudes concerning ideologies. Through language and thought, each era tends to shape or fashion its perception about the identity of the reality and creates touchstones based on which the truth and non-truth is judged. In this sense, the concept of Plausibility is fashioned. Secret Rapture presents a panorama of characters in which each character stands for and represents a certain class in England in the 80s, and they carry the emblem of Thatcher's political hegemony. Each character struggles to present his or her story in the most plausible way to attain the opportunistic goals. This study is intended through new historicism to shed light on the characters' lives and stories to dig out a rather closer presentation of the reality.