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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Still, every year, the largest known prime is larger. Hence the reason the scale is the last point on the scale about the scale. There would be no hiss, just sugar. I do agree with her theory about pain because everyone feels pain at one point in his or her life.

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That has to be the most relatable sentence of all. The reason behind her confusion is due to the many different texts and theories we are presented with through time. 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 rating ten of pain could possibly mean. This module has unpublished changes. With paain stubbed toe? 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.

Perhaps that is a problem with the pain scale, that people tend to get lost within the numbers, are not sure whether their pain is above or below the average of five, and if it is whether it strays to a two, three, or four, or a six, seven, eight, or nine.

She does this to make the essay more personal instead of a debate about scales. Leave a Reply Cancel reply Enter your comment here A five-point scale has less room for error and more room for specificity.


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. Out of all the numbers, the very largest primes are unknown. Tge 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.

From there, Eula discusses the Fahrenheit, Celsius, and Kelvin temperature scales. Absolute zero is the temperature at which molecules and atoms are moving as slowly as possible. This site uses cookies. 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.

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This mystery of zero makes her worried and hesitant to how she should rate her pain. And then about prime numbers Eula states: She is not talking about pain euka she feels she is talking about the thought of pain and how people would rate different pains compared to how she thinks pain is.

The subtle humor creates moments for the reader to sit back and smile as she relays the scale with relatable experiences for every reader. An equation that she does not understand but must perform. Show Comments tue and Tags. 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. Instead she uses thd to show the reader that what you feel is unique and no one will feel the same thing due to everyone being unique.

Five is short and concise, with a clear median and less room to stray from the intended path.

Further 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 zcale. But if so, a simple burn becomes less than painful, does it not?


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To find out more, including how to control cookies, see here: She looks closely at different levels of pain and then chooses the level that she relates her self too. Meredith Raiford MeredithRaiford Oct 12, By continuing to use this website, you agree to their use. In order to comment on this portfolio you must be logged in to the school or organization it is associated with.

Eula uses all of these concepts and measurements in comparison with each other in order to point out the errors of the pain elua, and relate the anguish she has experienced through being forced to use it throughout her own life.

She feels like she should have a scale that is only for her and then she would feel more comfortable rating her pain. The pain scale, she is saying, is just as incomprehensible to her as the concept of infinite primes.

By continuing to use this website, you agree to their use. Here, Eula explains through the concept of prime numbers and their infinite scaoe the infinite nature of the pain scale and its use as a rating system.

From what we learn in mathematics zero has too many rules for anyone to remember and within those rules there are exceptions. There is only one fixed point on the Kelvin scale — absolute zero. Tje 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. She does this to provide evidence to back up her thoughts; Aristotle was a Greek philosopher and polymath.

The author, Eula Biss, takes the reader on a journey of the numbers relaying the pain associated with each.