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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Fill in your details below or click an icon to ibss in: 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. And one hundred is the point at which water boils. Both are problematic — both have their fallacies and their immaculate conceptions.

Still, every year, the largest known prime is larger. For example pain that might be intense for her might be very minor or even unnoticeable to her father.

But she includes herself in the essay so that people can relate to her experiences and understand what she is trying to say. By continuing to use this website, you agree to their use.

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I myself am a mixture of salt and water. 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.

Ways of Reading An Anthology for Writers. 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: For example, a chronic headache for me may be the same caliber pain someone else feels when they have the stomach flu. Out of all the numbers, the very largest primes eulx unknown. 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.

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She uses the essay almost as a brainstorm. There are zeroes beneath zeroes.

Eula Elua does not think about the fact that 0 is a useful thing; it separates the negative from the positive. 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. You are commenting using your Facebook scalr. But the problem of zero troubles me significantly more than the problem of Christ…Zero is not a number. I think she talks about Zero because she feels that she needs a fixed point for her scale.

Biss realizes this and says that “[i]n the second circle of Dante’s Inferno, the adulterous lovers cling to each other 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. 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 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.

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Bias on in the text, she elaborates on the fact that all scales need fixed points but every scale has different fixed points, which causes her to believe that scales are not very reliable. She does this to provide evidence to back up her thoughts; Aristotle was a Greek philosopher and polymath. Thanks very much for the share. With this pain that she is feeling, she finds it incredibly difficult to rate her pain level because wula how other people would consider pain and her thoughts on people that feel a much larger scale of pain in other countries.


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. How can the most painful place in the universe not scxle a tenth circle, the number which supposedly represents the most pain imaginable?

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.

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

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From what we learn in mathematics zero has too many rules for anyone to remember and within those rules there are exceptions. This site uses cookies. The lower fixed point, zero, is the coldest temperature bjss which a mixture of salt and water can still remain liquid. Hanna Hilton September 16, at 4: