Rhetorical Analysis Of Everything By Thomas

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1. In the article, Thomas does not provide an explicit definition of the words counterfeit and legitimate. However, Thomas writes “What’s counterfeit? Everything. A couple of years ago, a counterfeit investigator discovered a workshop in the Thai countryside that produced fake versions of the classic Ferrari P4” (Thomas 6). Through this example of counterfeit can be implied that Thomas definition for counterfeit is the illegal and fraudulent imitation or production of a good. Furthermore, Thomas writes “counterfeiters who will take a legitimate logo, thinker with it slightly, apply for a trademark of a new design, then import those items under a false pretense of legality, showing the official application paperwork as their defense” (Thomas …show more content…
Thomas’s primary purpose is to inform and produce awareness in her audience about counterfeit items. Moreover, Thomas explains her audience how counterfeiting affects Americans business and economy by producing the loss of jobs in the United States. Also Thomas highlights how counterfeiting contributes to “money laundering, human trafficking and child labor” (Thomas 8). Thomas expresses her opinion about counterfeit goods by using the example of the little girl with the fake Louis Vuitton purse, however, more than her opinion, Thomas uses logical evidence to inform and persuade her audience about counterfeit and its effects.
2. Thomas’s article was published on Harper’s Bazaar Australia. Therefore, the audience to whom Thomas wrote her article is to a public in their mid-twenties and thirties who most likely would be willing to buy products that are counterfeit. Also, Thomas’ audience could be especially women because the magazine is mostly address for
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Example:
a) “According to a study published last year by the British law firm Davenport Lyons, almost two-thirds of UK consumers are ‘proud to tell their family and friends that they bought fake luxury [fashion items]’” (Thomas 7).
b) “‘If you can keep the stuff out of the public eye, you are halfway to winning the battle,’ McDonald says. ‘The brands that are doing aggressive enforcement are hidden in back alleys and not on the street corners.’” (Thomas 9).
c) “In June 2006, Fendi filed suit in a US district court against Wal-Mart stores, Inc., asserting that the world’s largest retailer was selling counterfeit Fendi handbags and wallets in its Sam’s Club stores.
These evidence helps the reader to understand the severity of counterfeit. Also the evidence is more persuasive than her own experience example because it provide the reader with real and concrete example of people that are experts and with research that reflects the population.
Language
1. Thomas uses of transitions such as one primary reason, another trick and there’s another method, provide the reader with the idea that counterfeit is causing a negative effect on the economy as well as it is also unfavorable for the people. Also the transitions helps the reading to flow more naturally without Thomas having to explicitly said that the cause which is counterfeit produces a certain effect that is the loss of jobs, or child

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