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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If you have a Digication account, you may log in below: 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. That has to be the most relatable sentence of all.

Further on, she uses the example of pain to express the reason why zero is a nonexistent number: An equation that she does not understand but must perform. Not only do her details piece together imagery, but they bring together a final image that was perhaps unexpected, one with a twist.

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In her ideology zero is nonexistent therefore it should not be used as a fixed point for a scale. This site uses cookies.

Without a little personal wit and relatability, why would we read non-fiction? The pain scale, she is saying, is just as incomprehensible to her as painn concept of infinite primes.

Eula uses this comparison scle show how difficult it is to rate her own pain on a pain scale that uses zero as the measurement for no pain. Meredith Raiford MeredithRaiford Oct 12, In that case, is five really the mean?

This mystery of zero makes her worried and hesitant to how she should rate her pain. Five is short and concise, with a clear median and less room to stray from the intended path. Notify me of new comments via email. Her tone allows the reader to follow her guide but to question her story as well. 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. February 21, by jkingsly.

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Eula also utilizes mathematical concepts such as calculus and prime numbers to express her thoughts. I do agree with her theory about pain because everyone feels pain at one point in his or her life.

Here, Eula explains through the concept of sscale numbers and their infinite possibilities the infinite nature of the pain scale and its use as a rating system. Biss is hysterical, yet serious as she makes this story relatable to the reader, and her subtlety is key within her humor.

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Biss is also very philosophical in her wording. Still, every year, the largest known prime is larger. Instead she uses this to show the reader that what you feel is unique and no one will feel the same thing due to everyone being unique. I think she talks about Zero because she feels that she needs a fixed point for her scale.

As well as that, she uses pain as an example to explain many different ideas because everyone can relate to pain. We apologize for the inconvenience and will lift this disclaimer when this feature becomes available. Create a free website or blog at WordPress. However, after analyzing the essay again I think what she was trying to explain to the audience is that we cannot base our thoughts and feelings around what people say the limits are.

It does not add, subtract, or multiply like other numbers. I strive to remain liquid.

Follow hashtagoctothorpe on WordPress. She mimics the scale using it to unwind her story. Leave a Reply Cancel reply Enter your comment here Clearly, when I read something that sounds like a hard-core fact, I have no choice but to believe it.


Eula points out distinct problems with each scale and their use of zero. 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.

Zero, on the Celsius scale, is the point at which water freezes. 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. Post was not sent – check your email addresses! Posted in Uncategorized Leave a Comment. Out of all the numbers, the very largest primes are unknown. Without these facts, the story would be questionable as a work of non-fiction.

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Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: 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: Fill in your details below or click an thd to log in: For example pain that might be intense for her might be very minor wula even unnoticeable to her father. 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.

But the problem of zero troubles me significantly more than the problem of Christ…Zero is not a number. Absolute zero is degrees Celsius colder than the temperature at which water bisz.