Professor N. Guimaraes
Logical Fallacies in “Why We Crave Horror Movies” By Stephan King
Last, night I was alone by myself, with no one to talk to or cook dinner for. I was alone and bored at the same time. Well, I decided to watch a horror film on Netflix. I try not to go to sleep during a movie but this time I did. In the essay “Why We Crave Horror Movies” author Stephen King tells us about why we love violence, being horrified, terrified, scared and anxious. He believes that we love horror movies so much that we can be mentally ill. He also explains why we think about evil things but never do them and that watching a horror film satisfies our urge to kill. When reading the essay, two logical fallacies stood out to me. Two logical fallacies that King used in his essay are loose or hasty generalization and slippery slope. Logical fallacies are very common in writing styles to convince or trick the causal reader. You can find examples of logical fallacies in advertisements, newspapers, books and essays. King use loose or hasty generalization and slippery slope in his essay in order to convince his readers by using strong fallacies to prove his arguments. In the first sentence Stephan King says, “I think that we’re all mentally ill”. This form of logical fallacies is called loose or hasty generalization. According to Pearson Education, loose or hasty generalization “involves reaching a conclusion before adequate evidence that’s been presented and stereotypical statements also falls into this category”. I would have believed him if he didn’t say “all”. Stephan King made assumptions about a whole group by using the hit word “all”. His loose and hasty generalization almost convinced, me to believe that I was mentally ill because I watch horror...
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