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. “On a scale of zero to ten, ten sending you to the emergency room, how bad is your As Eula Biss says in her essay “The Pain Scale,” “Zero doesn’t behave like. The Pain Scale. Eula Biss · English. Research output: Contribution to journal › Article. Language, English. Journal, Harper’s. State, Published – Jun

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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 bisx.

Biss wants the reader to simmer over these hard, factual statements within her piece. Out of all the numbers, the very largest primes are unknown. But I do not agree with the fact that she thinks zero is useless because Zero is used for many things in day-to-day life. Biss is also very philosophical in her wording. In order to comment on this portfolio you must be logged in to the thd or organization it is associated with.

Eula compares the concept of zero, which is biiss yet nothing at the same time, to the person Jesus Christ, who is man yet God at the same time.

FactInterrogativePainScalesTouch. Her tone allows bisz reader to follow her guide but to question her story as well. Dragged over zcale behind a fast truck? Eula uses this comparison to show how difficult it is to rate her own pain on a pain scale that uses zero as the measurement for no pain.

From what we learn in mathematics zero has too many rules for anyone to remember and within those rules there are exceptions. In her thought process she muses: Eula then uses the Beaufort scale for measuring wind.

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She does this to provide evidence to back up her thoughts; Aristotle was a Greek philosopher and polymath. She feels like she should have hte scale that is only for her dcale then she would feel more comfortable rating her pain.


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 is describing zero as something incomprehensible; something that creates a problem for the patient rating their pain. But she does not make it entirely personal; she describes herself as an dula person, she has nothing distinct about her. Eula points out distinct problems with each scale and their use of zero.

Eula is describing rating her own pain as if it were a calculus problem, a guess and check type of equation. However, I do understand her anger with zero.

And then about prime numbers Eula states: Euclid proved the number of primes to be infinite, but the infinity of primes is slightly smaller sxale the infinity of the rest of the numbers. I agree with her point here because scales do need a fixed point but what bisa me is why she questions it.

And one hundred is the point at which water boils.

To find out more, including how to control cookies, see here: Show Comments 0 and Tags. While reading the essay it feels like she does not actually have a thesis that she wants to explain to the audience. A five-point scale has less room for error and more room for specificity.

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From there, Eula discusses the Fahrenheit, Celsius, and Kelvin temperature scales. Hearing someone describe their pain as a ten is much easier than hearing them describe is as a hot poker driven through their eyeball into their brain. I do agree with her theory about pain because everyone feels pain at one point in his or her life.

She finds it easier to understand religion than to understand the concept of the number zero. But even at absolute zero, their motion does not stop completely.

The author, Eula Biss, takes the reader on a journey of the numbers relaying the pain associated with each. Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: As well as that, she uses pain as an example to explain many different ideas because everyone can relate to pain. Without a little personal eeula and relatability, why would we read euls If you have a Digication account, you may log in below: I think the reason she does this is because it troubles her to think the fixed point of her pain is considered, according to some theories, nonexistent.


Eula is using these facts about the falsity of using fictional measurements to measure Hell to build upon her argument against the use of zero, an almost fictional number in itself. I think the reason she does this is to not make the essay seem like an autobiography. February 21, by jkingsly. Therefore, when she compares her thoughts with those of a Greek philosopher it gives the impression that she is correct.

With this pain that she is feeling, she finds it incredibly difficult to rate her pain level because of how other people would consider pain and her thoughts on people that feel a much larger scale of pain in other countries. 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.

Absolute zero is degrees Celsius colder than the temperature at which water freezes. She uses the essay almost as a brainstorm.

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For example pain that might be intense for her might be very minor or even unnoticeable to her father. The essay could be considered as a mixture of her thought; she includes different aspects of life, math, pain, personal experiences, feelings, history and literature.

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. But if scsle, a simple burn becomes less than painful, does it not? How many aspirin does it take to solve the problem?

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