Hasty Generalization A hasty generalization is a broad claim based on too-limited evidence. Tristan Shaw WWW.FRENCH.ABOUT.COM
Example 1 • Act #1, page 189, speaker: Mrs. Putnam -”I knew it! Goody Osburn were midwife to me three times. I begged you, Thomas, did I not? I begged him not to call Osburn because I feared her, my babies always shriveled in her hands…” -Ann is saying that she doesn’t want Mrs. Osburn as a midwife because her children died in her hands. This argument insinuates that Mrs. Osburn killed them, even though there isn’t any evidence.
Example 2 • Act #2, page unknown, speaker: Danforth - “And do you know that near to four hundred are in the jails from Marblehead to Lynn, and upon my signature?” -”And seventy-two condemned to hang by that signature?” -Because Danforth has signed for the arrest of a lot of other people, he must be correct for all of them. This is obviously hasty generalization.
An incredibly stupid video that takes way too long but still manages to get the point across: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-D2m7ER3ng4