Hasty Generalization Tyler McCown & Luke Button
What is a Hasty Generalization? • Also known as a Converse Accident • Drawing a conclusion based on one or several atypical situations. • Made with insufficient evidence • Sometimes carelessly selected evidence
The Crucible • “CHEEVER: Mister Proctor, I have little time…. The court bid me search your house, but I like not to search a house. So will you hand me any poppets that your wife may keep here.PROCTOR: Poppets?ELIZABETH: I never kept no poppets, not since I were a girl.CHEEVER: I spy a poppet, Goody Proctor.” (Miller, Act II)
The Crucible • “DANFORTH: Mister Proctor, if I should tell you now that I will let her be kept another month; and if she begin to show her natural signs, you shall have her living yet another year until she is delivered—(Looks at Proctor.) what say you to that? (Proctor is struck silent.) Come now. You say your only purpose is to save your wife. Good then, she is saved at least this year, and a year is long. What say you, sir? (Claps hands.) It is done now. Will you drop this charge? (Proctor thinks, looks at Corey.)PROCTOR: I… I think I cannot.DANFORTH: Then your purpose is somewhat larger?PARRIS: (Triumphantly.) He’s come to overthrow this court, Your Honor!” (Miller, Act III)
Pop Culture Example • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-D2m7ER3ng4
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