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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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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.

To find out more, including how to control cookies, see here: Still, every year, the largest bisw prime is larger. Both are problematic — both have their fallacies and their immaculate conceptions. Email required Address never made public. Everyone feels pain but I think she is scared to admit that she feels pain when in practice her condition is not meant to be that painful.

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. 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. Eula connects these concepts to the use of a pain scale, and builds upon her own thought scxle through them.

Due to this difference in scale range and fixed points, she feels that she cannot base her pain on a scale because she feels that it is not accurate enough.

But the problem of zero troubles me significantly more than the problem of Christ…Zero is not a number. While reading the essay it feels like she does not actually have a thesis that she wants to explain to the audience.

However, Biss soon realizes that the task of associating pain with a number and measurement is much harder than it appears due to the fact that it is unsure what it really means to “measure things”.


The pain scale

Eula then uses the Beaufort scale for measuring wind. Eula Biss does not think about the fact that 0 is a useful thing; it separates the negative from the positive. How can the most painful place in the universe not have a tenth sula, the number which supposedly represents the most pain imaginable? A scale can be established to reference the pain, but in the long run the numbers do not really mean much if there is nothing scaale compare them too.

Posted in Uncategorized Leave a Comment. Further on, she uses the example of pain to express the reason why zero is a nonexistent number: 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 life.

As well as bizs, she uses pain as an example to explain many different ideas because everyone can relate to pain. Zero, on the Celsius eila, is the point at which water freezes.

Biss realizes this and says that “[i]n the second circle of Dante’s Inferno, the adulterous lovers cling to each other In her thought process she muses: 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. The essay could be considered as a mixture of her thought; she includes csale aspects of life, math, pain, personal experiences, feelings, history and literature.

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This takes me back to my first theory about how we cannot base our feelings around what people say the limits are. I myself am a mixture of salt and water. I agree with her point here because scales do need a fixed point but what confuses me is why she questions eual.

To me, the text was about perceptions of life and how people look at things differently and how we giss base our thoughts and feelings around what people say the limits are.


This module has unpublished changes. I strive to remain liquid. The lower fixed point, zero, is the coldest temperature at which a mixture of salt and water can still remain liquid.

These fixed points were reversed after his death… There is only one fixed point on the Kelvin scale — absolute zero. You are commenting using your WordPress.

Eula Biss is in a hospital trying to answer the question, how she would rate her pain according to the universal pain scale Biss writes: There are zeroes beneath zeroes.

There is only one fixed point on the Kelvin scale — absolute zero. But she scaoe not make it entirely personal; she describes herself as an average person, she has nothing distinct about her. Niss fixed points were reversed after his death…. She looks closely at different levels of pain and then chooses the level that she relates her self too. 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.

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She is not talking about pain that she feels she is talking about the thought of pain and how people would rate different pains compared to how she thinks pain is. This brings up the point that pain is measured differently by every person, while some people are completely terrified by the idea of Hell, others are perfectly content with it.

However, I do understand her anger with zero. She feels like she should have a rula that is only for her and then she would feel more comfortable rating her pain.