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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Create a free website or blog at WordPress. I agree with her point scals because scales do need a fixed point but what confuses me is why she questions it. 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 bisd anguish she has experienced through being forced to use it throughout her own life.

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.

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While reading the essay it feels like she does not actually have a thesis that she wants to explain to the audience. There are zeroes beneath zeroes. In the end, Eula Biss uses many different techniques and styles of writing to explain to her audience that everyone has different ways of scaling pain.

This site uses cookies. However, after analyzing the essay again I think paain she was trying to explain to the audience is that we cannot base our thoughts and feelings around what people say the limits are. Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Without pzin little paih wit and relatability, why would we read non-fiction?

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.


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 euula pain is. And then about prime numbers Eula states: This site uses cookies. Notify me of new posts via email. We apologize for the inconvenience and will lift this disclaimer when this feature becomes available.

A five-point scale has less room for error and more room for specificity. You are commenting using your Twitter account. In her thought process she muses: 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 rhe. 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 ejla ten of pain could possibly mean.

She finds it easier to understand religion than to understand the concept of the number zero.

I think she talks about Zero because she feels that she needs a yhe point for her scale. She looks closely at different levels of pain and then chooses the level that she relates her self too. As preluded in sections one and two—more so in two, but that is because two comes after one—Biss tends to question the reader as she goes up and down the scale. Further on, she uses the example of pain to express the reason why zero is a nonexistent number: Email required Address never made public.

Eula points out distinct problems with each scale and their use of zero. I think the reason she does this is to not make the essay seem like an autobiography. Post was not sent – check your email addresses!

Five is short and concise, with a clear median and less room to stray from the intended path. But the problem of zero troubles me significantly more than the problem of Christ…Zero is not a number. She does this to make tne essay more personal instead of a debate about scales. I like to rate pain this way. Or at least, it does not behave like a number.


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I do agree with her theory about pain because everyone feels pain at one point in his or her life. To find out more, including how to control cookies, see here: Eula Biss does not think about the fact that 0 is a useful thing; it separates the negative from the positive.

Euclid proved the number of primes to be infinite, but the infinity of primes is slightly smaller than the infinity of the rest of the numbers. Yes, five—not ten—because somewhere between one and ten, people tend to get lost, fluctuating within their answers.

Still, every year, the largest known prime is larger. 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.

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The lower fixed point, zero, is the coldest temperature at which a mixture of salt and water can still remain liquid. 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.

Follow hashtagoctothorpe on WordPress. The subtle humor creates moments for the reader to sit back and smile as she relays the scale with relatable experiences for every reader. 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. I strive to remain liquid. Eula also utilizes mathematical concepts such as calculus and prime numbers to express her thoughts.