Logical Fallacies In The Crucible Analysis

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A logical fallacy is an error in reasoning, it is done manipulatively, and it is done on purpose to target people’s ignorance and stupidity. The statement being claimed might appear to be truthful or accurate, but due to an error on the claim it is not considered to be truthful nor accurate. There are various types of logical fallacies, and they are structured to help you identify misleading statements and recognize that there is an error in the information. The trial of Elizabeth Proctor does fit into the idea of logical fallacy. The type of logical fallacy that applies to the trial Elizabeth Proctor is a false cause. A false cause is a type of logical fallacy that provides a false reason as the cause of something. Elizabeth Proctor was…show more content…
“She thinks to dance with me on my wife's grave! And well she might, for I thought of her softly. God help me, I lusted, and there is a promise in such sweat. But it is a whore's vengeance, and you must see it now” In this quote, John tells the governor the truth about the affair and that Abigail’s actions are because she is jealous. Abigail encouraged a group of girls to pretend to be sick, Including Mary Warren, Elizabeth’s servant. Abigail stated that she saw a ghost of Elizabeth, basically that Elizabeth had done witchcraft on her. Elizabeth was given a poppet by Mary, and that poppet had a needle in the stomach under the dress. Abigail stabbed herself in order to make believe that Elizabeth was bewitching her. When they went to search the proctor’s house they found the poppet and they took Elizabeth. John threatened Mary that she would be whipped if she did not coame forward with the truth to the jury. In this trial false cause is the main type of logical fallacy, because it provides a false reason as the cause of something. The crucible was a play that had a lot of logical fallacy in it. In the crucible we see that everything was done manipulatively, and it targeted people’s
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