Introductory Paragraphs

Introductory Paragraph: Original

Beds are very important in one’s life. They provide a space for comfort, relaxation, and especially recuperation of the body after a long day. Throughout history, beds were made primarily through the gathering of leaves and undergrowth, providing some warmth and well-being from the hard, compact earth beneath. As time continued, beds began to become more as a symbol of status. Beds used to be very simple, but through modern technology and research, the bed has become even more of a luxury and modified to provide the best sleep as possible. In third world countries, access to beds such as those in first world countries is not easy. Although beds serve a purpose for comfort, there are many tales and legends about monsters hiding under that same bed. Stories have been shared for thousands of years and such stories can elicit fear and misunderstanding when one is young, morphing into distress of something that is not there as one is older; such as a monster under the bed. Once one is alone in a dark room, their own imagination can run wild bringing about the fear prompted during childhood once again. Beds will always provide the same purpose of comfort, but once the mind goes a drift, the dark spaces a bed can create become something to fear. This fear could also be brought as a metaphor on an economical level. Beds are always thought of as something comfortable, but the materials and work to make such technology can be quite harsh to the environment. Over production of mattresses, from different styles to different hardness and abilities are at times created to specific to a body type that they end up being thrown out after only a couple months use. Mattresses could last a decade or more, but there are some people who buy them frequently thus resulting in unnecessary discarding of mattresses which can take fifty years or more to decompose. While sleep is an important aspect to a healthy mind, the manufacturing of mattresses are starting to go overboard. There does not need to be such a grand variety of latex rectangles when a large majority of these single consumer target beds are adding more pollution to the atmosphere than necessary.

Introductory Paragraph: Revised

After a stressful nine-hour work day, the first thought that pops into one’s mind is to plop themselves down onto a comforting bed, easing away the stress and worry in a welcoming, plush warm hug. Throughout history, beds were made primarily through the gathering of leaves and undergrowth, providing warmth and well-being from the hard, compact earth beneath, as well as safety through the harsh winters. As time continued, beds began to morph towards a symbol of status rather than a survival tool by way of more materials becoming increasingly available. Beds used to be very simple, but through modern technology and research, the bed has become even more of a luxury and modified to provide the best sleep possible. Although beds serve a purpose for relief, there are many tales and legends about monsters hiding under that same bed causing unnecessary fright. Stories have been shared for thousands of years and such stories can elicit fear and misunderstanding when one is young. These fears can alter into distress from a presence that is not there; such as a cunning beast with stone like claws, as thick as one’s wrist, looming silently beneath the supple beddings. Once one is alone in a dark room, even as an adult, their own imagination can run wild. Bringing about the fear prompted during childhood once again. Beds will always provide the same purpose of comfort, but once the mind goes a drift, the dark spaces a bed can create become something to fear. This fear could also be brought as a metaphor on an economical level. Beds are always thought of as something comfortable, but the materials and work to make such technology can be quite harsh to the environment. Over production of mattresses, from different styles to different hardness and abilities are at times created to a specific body type. Because of this, not many of those beds are sold and the excess is tossed gallantly into a never-ending pile of waste; with a belief that they are now in a black hole, not in need of another thought. Mattresses could last a decade or more, but there are some people who buy them frequently. Thus, an unnecessary amount of mattress are discarded and rarely recycled as the majority of the material is synthetic latex which can take fifty years or more to decompose. While sleep is an important aspect to a healthy mind, the manufacturing of mattresses are starting to go overboard. There does not need to be such a grand variety of latex rectangles when a large majority of these single consumer target beds are adding more pollution to the atmosphere than necessary.

 

-Racheal Cortner

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