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Molly Daley LA 101H Analyzing Rhetoric Essay Outline February 27, 2012

Introduction: 1. The bed often does not receive the credit that it deserves. It is the sanction after a long day. It is the dinner table for the majority of college students. And it is the reason why people often miss out on an entire day. a. The bed places a person in the realm between guilty desire to rest and the dreaded need to start the day. b. If the bed could talk it wouldn’t. It has no need to considering all of it’s marvelous qualities that it holds by mere stillness as it softly sits in the middle of the room, drawing a person in with each glance of a bed spring. c. This silent rhetoric that the bed implies is always taken for granite and instead of praising the qualities that the bed possess, people often pair a bed with an incompetent or slothful individual. d. But let’s celebrate the bed for the way it inaudibly persuades a person to doze, despite the owner. e. Through the rhetorical devices of a bed’s size, comfort level, and appearance of the accessories it possess, the bed as a whole illustrates the owner’s internal and external traits. Body: 1. A rectangle comes in various sizes. a. Single, twin, full, queen, and king i. These represent the phases a person travels through in their journey of life ii. Crib=caged in, still new to life, infant, single=child, twin/full=adolescent/early adulthood, queen/king=adult/parental iii. Bunk beds=depending on others (college life or sleeping with siblings) iv. Sharing a bed is a symbolic period of sharing a life or adjusting to partners 1. Persuading you to cohabitate 2. Feel like you need to eventually get to the point of sharing a bed to conform to what others expect of you (to get married and have children 3. Sharing a bed with parents as you are younger 4. All sharing brings about a point of dependency

Molly Daley LA 101H Analyzing Rhetoric Essay Outline February 27, 2012

b. Using pathos to evoke emotions in the owner to make the individual feel as though they are moving forward in life by transforming the size of the bed. c. The size captivates the stereotypical stages an individual embarks on while the comfort level of a bed magnifies the economic status of a person. 2. Although it is tragic, it is apparent that even a person’s bed reflects the class that he or she is a member of in society. a. Comfort level depicts the amount of revenue a person acquires in order to satisfy their bed time needs. b. Those who have better sleep are those who are better relaxed i. Sleeping on clouds, better dreaming, quick ability to venture through the sleep cycle to assure more sleep, better start to the day, better outcome of the day in the work force and other situations in life. 1. Uses the factual evidence through logos to argue that a more comfortable bed results in a better sleep and a more sufficient day overall c. Lower class vs. Upper class i. The bed is nonexistent 1. Homeless persons or those who sleep with multiple people/on objects such as wood or the floor ii. Ranging from characteristics of the bed such as memory foam pads underneath the sheets. 1. Roommates who have these means of comfort but I do not because they are not a necessity in the eyes of my parents because we are financially limited d. The bed demonstrates the monetary stability of an individual to be able to obtain the means to assure comfort in their sleep cycle through luxuries that those less fortunate struggle to achieve. 3. Creativity and individuality stretch as far as fashion to music genres, to the pillow cases resting underneath a person’s angelic head when they lay down to take a nap. a. Gender biased sheets, pillow cases, and comforters i. Pink vs. blue 1. Creating an infant’s room and the appropriately deemed bed set b. Bed attire as we age i. Rocket ships to stripes/polka dots, to solid colors and Egyptian cotton equalities

Molly Daley LA 101H Analyzing Rhetoric Essay Outline February 27, 2012

c. The distinct physiognomies and traits of a person expressed through a bed i. Sleeping with no sheets=busy or messy ii. Sleeping with several objects or possessions on the bed/amount of pillows iii. Sleeping with stuffed animals or specially made blankets iv. Hiding items underneath the bed v. Making the bed before exiting the room or embarking on the day d. The bed is the most vital expression a person’s personality because it illuminates an area of complete security and ease. The place where a person can truly be themselves. Therefore, the appearance of the bed as a whole can elucidate concealed qualities of a person. Conclusion: The bed is a paradise away from the stressful environment of actual life. It is the sanction, it is the residence of dreams, it is a cuddle zone. Without the bed, the quality of a person’s life decreases because that dominion of coziness is lost. Through the rhetorical concepts of the size, comfort level, and appearance, the bed forces the features of maturity level, class standing, and personality. These concepts are unavoidable because the necessity of a bed is unavoidable. And if a bed could talk, it would have no need to. The absence of speech makes its aura even more undeniable.