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Ad Hominem in "The Crucible"

Ad Hominem is detailed and explained clearly through examples in "The Crucible" and through universal examples.
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Ad Hominem in "The Crucible" What is Ad Hominem? Universal Examples of Ad Hominem: Works Cited: Ad Hominem is an argument or attack directed at the character of a person rather than at the claims he or she makes. Here is the first from the Web: Here is the second one: Act I:
Hale: What sort of soup were in this kettle, Abigail?
Abigail: Why, it were beans-and lentils, I think, and-
Hale: Mr. Parris, you did not notice, did you, any living thing in the kettle? A mouse, perhaps, a spider, a frog-?
Parris, fearfully: I-do believe there were some movement-in the soup.
Abigail: That jumped in, we never put it in!
Hale, quickly: What jumped in?
Abigail: Why, a very little frog jumped-
Parris: A frog, Abby!
Hale, grasping Abigail: Abigail, it may be your cousin is dying. Did you call the Devil last night?
Abigail: I never called him! Tituba, Tituba...
Parris, blanched: She called the Devil?
Hale: I should like to speak with Tituba. An Example in
"The Crucible": The Explanation Hale is questioning Abigail about what happened that night in the forest, and in attempt to keep herself safe she attacks Tituba ,claiming that Tituba called upon the Devil. Abigail supports her accusation by saying she spoke the language of the people of Barbados, which they could not understand. An Example in
"The Crucible": Parris: Beware this man, Your Excellency, this man is mischief.
Hale, excitedly: I think you must hear the girl, sir, she-
Danforth: Peace. What would you tell us, Mary Warren?
Proctor: She never saw no spirits, sir.
Danforth: Never saw no spirits!
Giles, eagerly: Never.
Proctor: She has signed a deposition, sir-
Danforth, instantly: No, no, I accept no depositions. Tell me, Mr. Proctor, have you given out this story in the village?
Proctor: We have not.
Parris: They've come to overthrow the court, sir! This man is- The Explanation An Example in
The Crucible": The Explanation Proctor is the culprit in this quote who uses Ad Hominem, because Abigail claims she is being witched by Mary Warren, and Proctor can not take it anymore. He calls Abigail a "whore", which changes the mood of the courtroom. When Proctor comes into the court to defend his wife, Parris immediately attacks Proctor by saying, "he is coming to overthrow the court," which has no relevance in the conversation. Basically, Parris will do anything to make Proctor's testimony less believable so that he would not lose his power. Act III: Abigail, looking about in the air, clasping her arms about her as though cold: I-I know not. A wind, a cold wind, has come.
Proctor: They're pretending!
Danforth: Mary Warren, do you witch her? I say to yo, do you send your spirit out?
Abigail, crying to Heaven: Oh, Heavenly Father, take away this shadow!
Proctor: How do you call Heaven! Whore! Whore!
Danforth, dumbfounded: You charge-?
Proctor: Mark her! Now she'll suck a scream to stab me with, but-
Danforth: You will prove this! This will not pass!
Proctor, trembling, his life collapsing about him: I have known her, sir. I have known her. Act III: "Ad Hominem Attack." Cartoon. Lukesurl.com. N.p., n.d. Web. 27 Nov. 2012. <http://www.google.com/imgres?q=ad+hominem&hl=en&safe=off&sa=X&tbo=d&biw=1600&bih=1109&tbm=isch&tbnid=8-jlVJ7kfvz3pM:&imgrefurl=http://www.lukesurl.com/archives/1118&docid=9RNC8cIZxQGx-M&imgurl=http://www.lukesurl.com/comics/2009-11-13-argument.png&w=550&h=479&ei=Z8-0UPOxM4T68gSFnIG4Cw&zoom=1&iact=hc&vpx=364&vpy=189&dur=261&hovh=209&hovw=241&tx=79&ty=83&sig=114632564590613633189&page=1&tbnh=156&tbnw=180&start=0&ndsp=39&ved=1t:429,r:2,s:0,i:120>.

Ad Hominem Fallacy. Dir. Flores APENG. Perf. President Obama and George Stephanopoulos. Youtube.com, 2010. Youtube.com.

Lunsford, Andrea A., John J. Ruszkiewicz, and Keith Walters. "Fallacies of Argument." Everything's an Argument: With Readings. Boston: Bedford/St. Martin's, 2007. N. pag. Print.

Miller, Arthur. The Crucible. New York, NY: Penguin, 1996. Print.

"No Ad Hominem Attacks." Cartoon. Americanbuilt.us. Maksim-
ThePeoplesCube.com, n.d. Web. 27 Nov. 2012. <http://www.google.com/imgres?q=ad+hominem&um=1&hl=en&safe=off&sa=N&tbo=d&biw=1600&bih=1109&tbm=isch&tbnid=RGYtmZXUFQHoKM:&imgrefurl=http://americanbuilt.us/videos/education.shtml&docid=HdIZnIaMK0GogM&imgurl=http://americanbuilt.us/images/toons/racist-ad-hominem.jpg&w=340&h=340&ei=_820UILYFIn28gTzi4HICg&zoom=1&iact=hc&vpx=1334&vpy=709&dur=2478&hovh=225&hovw=225&tx=112&ty=82&sig=114632564590613633189&page=2&tbnh=174&tbnw=176&start=40&ndsp=56&ved=1t:429,r:47,s:0,i:259>.
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