Fallacy . Appeal to Ridicule (Appeal to Mockery/ The Horse Laugh) Anna Houchens Tiffany Tolsma. Appeal to Ridicule. A fallacy in which ridicule or mockery is substituted for evidence in an argument.
Appeal to Ridicule
(Appeal to Mockery/ The Horse Laugh)
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“She hates me, uncle, for I would not be her slave. It’s a bitter woman, and I will not work for such a woman!”
Miller, Arthur. "The Crucible, Act I." The Language of Literature. American Literature. Evanston, IL: McDougal Littell, 2000. 171. Print.
This quote is an example of this fallacy due to the fact that
Abby is ridiculing Elizabeth in order for her uncle to believe
her. Abby belittles Elizabeth’s opinion by making him
believe that Elizabeth is a bitter woman which in fact is not
why Abby was fired, making this statement a fallacy.
“But- surely you know what a jabberer she is. Did you tell them that?” - Proctor
Miller, Arthur N. "The Crucible, Act II." The Language of Literature. American Literature. Evanston, IL: McDougal Littell, 2000. 195. Print
In this scene Proctor is questioning Mary Warren’s
statement that Sarah Good had confessed. He then makes
Sarah’s confession seem untruthful by stating that she is a
jabberer. When he says this about her it makes others not want
to believe her statement, making this quote a fallacy.
“ Your not a Boston judge yet , Hathorne. You’ll not call me daft!” - Giles
Miller, Arthur N. "The Crucible, Act III." The Language of Literature. American Literature. Evanston, IL: McDougal Littell, 2000. 208. Print.
In this quote Giles is angry with Hathorne because his wife has been accused and arrested. He then wants Hathorne’s authority to be irrelevant and wants others to not believe what he has to say, in order for that to happen he belittles Hathornes position by claiming that he isn’t a Boston judge which implies that he isn’t a “real” judge.