Ad PopulumAppeal to PopularityBandwagon By: Gabby Finn
Ad Populum- In logic, an argumentum ad populum (Latin: "appeal to the people") is a fallacious argument that concludes a proposition to be... • Appeal to Popularity- Most people approve of X (have favorable emotions towards X). Therefore X is true. • Bandwagon- A psychological phenomenon whereby people do something primarily because other people are doing it, regardless of their own beliefs, which they may ignore or override.
video • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DDWYHg99018
Act 1 (pg 189) • Abigail: “ I want to open myself! I want the light of God, I want the sweet love of jesus! I danced for the Devil; I saw him: I wrote in his book; I go back to Jesus; I kiss his hand. I saw Sarah Good with the devil! I saw Goody Osburn with the Devil! I saw Bridget Bishop with the Devil!” • Betty: “ I saw George Jacobs with the devil! I saw Goody Howe with the devil!... I saw Martha Bellow with the devil! • Parris: "She speaks! She speaks!" • Hale: “ Glory to God! It is broken, they are free!” • Abigail: “ I saw Goody Sibber with the devil!” • Putnam: “The Marshal. I’ll call the Marshal!” • Betty: “ I saw Alice Barrow with the devil!” • Hale: “ Let the Marshal bring irons!” Examples from The Crucible Abigail claims that she sees several women with the dvil, once she proposes this idea all of the other girls jump on bandwagon and follows the other girls.
Act 3 (pg.223) • Elizabeth: “ I came to think he fancied her. And so one night I lost my wits, I think, and put her out on the highroad.” • Danforth: “ Your husband-did he indeed turn from you?” • Elizabeth: “ My husband-is a goudly man, sir.” • Danforth: “then did he not turn from you?” • Elizabeth: “He-” • Danforth: “Look at me! To your own knowledge, has John Proctor ever committed the crime of lechery? Answer my question! Is your husband a lecher! • Elizabeth: “No, sir.” example 2 Everyone in the court is going along with it. Once one person thinks it they all start to question it.
Sources • http://www.nizkor.org/features/fallacies/appeal-to-popularity.html (definition of appeal to popularity) • http://www.google.com/#hl=en&safe=active&sclient=psy-ab&q=ad+populum+definition&oq=ad+populum+definition&gs_l=serp.3..0l2j0i30l2.4233.10080.3.10126.96.36.199.0.0.0.2116.5174.2-7j1j7-1j0j1.10.0.les%3B..0.0...1c.1.4.psy-ab.jQkn6PkIqsI&pbx=1&bav=on.2,or.r_gc.r_pw.r_qf.&fp=b3359863b85606b5&biw=1280&bih=827 (ad populum definition) • http://www.investopedia.com/terms/b/bandwagon-effect.asp#axzz2LZFcuDEf