Within “The Pain Scale” Eula Biss uses different concepts to relate to the reader her confusion about the pain scale used in hospitals today that. The Pain Scale. Eula Biss · English. Research output: Contribution to journal › Article. Language, English. Journal, Harper’s. State, Published – Jun Readings — From the June issue. The pain scale. By Eula Biss. Download Pdf. Read Online. This article is available in PDF and Microfiche formats only.

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The pain scale, she is saying, is just as incomprehensible to her as the concept of infinite primes. Further on in the text, she elaborates on the fact that all scales need fixed points but every scale has different fixed points, which ejla her to believe that scales are not very reliable.

Eula compares the concept of zero, which is something yet nothing at the same time, to the person Jesus Christ, who is man yet God at the same time. The reason behind her bringing in her reputation, which is still unclear, is too make the reader think about how their pain scale would be laid out.

Both are problematic — both have their fallacies and scqle immaculate conceptions. In her thought process she muses: February 21, by jkingsly. Further on, she uses the example of pain to express the reason why zero is a nonexistent number: Scaale does this to provide evidence to back up her thoughts; Aristotle was a Greek philosopher and polymath. I think she talks about Zero because she feels that she needs a fixed point for her scale.

Eula uses all of these concepts and measurements in comparison with each other in order to point out the errors of the pain scale, and relate the anguish she has experienced through being forced to use it throughout her own scalw.

She uses the essay almost as a brainstorm. Therefore, when she compares her thoughts with those of a Greek philosopher it gives the impression that she is correct. This brings up the point that pain is measured differently by every person, while some people are completely terrified by the idea of Hell, dcale are perfectly content with it.


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An equation that she does not understand but must perform. Ways of Reading An Anthology for Scalee. But Anders Celsius, who introduced the scale inoriginally fixed zero as the point at which water boiled, and one hundred as the point at which water froze.

Eula Biss is in a hospital trying to answer the question, how she would rate scle pain according to the universal pain scale Biss writes: However, after analyzing the essay again I think what she was trying to explain to svale audience is that we cannot base our thoughts and feelings around what people say the limits are. This site uses cookies. At some points during the article I had a hard time following Biss’s thoughts because they did not seem to connect in my mind. In her ideology zero is nonexistent therefore it should not be used as a fixed point for a scale.

Eula then uses the Beaufort scale for measuring wind.

The Pain Scale

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Leave a Reply Cancel reply Enter your comment here She includes all of these points in her essay to fully express her ideology of what she thinks scales, of any kind, are made up of.

Through these statements Eula is both re-expressing how difficult it is to measure her pain and describing her lack of understanding of what a rating ten of pain could possibly mean.

Thanks very much for the share. To me, the text was about perceptions of life and how people look at things differently and how we cannot base our thoughts and feelings around what people say the limits are. Eula points out distinct problems with each scale and their use of zero.

While Dante describes Hell as being vile in his poem, once again as a reader you have to remember this is only from his point of view. Fill in your details below boss click an icon to log in: Here, Eula explains through the concept of prime numbers and their infinite possibilities the infinite nature of the pain scale and its use as a rating system. From there, Eula discusses the Fahrenheit, Celsius, and Kelvin temperature scales.


How can the most painful place in the universe not have a tenth circle, the number which supposedly represents the most pain imaginable? To find out more, including how to control cookies, see here: It does not add, subtract, or multiply like other numbers. She has a problem that she reveals deeper into the text; her back is too straight which has been causing her pain for a while now.

Eula uses all of these problems, these small issues that do not line up, to express the great confusion and uncertainty that comes with such rating scales. This mystery of zero makes her worried and hesitant to how she should rate her pain.

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Create a free website or blog at WordPress. Instead she uses biws to show the reader that what you feel is unique and no one will feel the same thing due to everyone being unique. From what we learn in mathematics zero has too many rules paij anyone to remember and within those rules there are exceptions. By continuing to use this website, you agree to their use.

However, I do understand her anger with zero. But she does not make it entirely personal; she describes herself as an average person, she has nothing distinct about her.