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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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I myself am a mixture of salt and water.

In the end, Eula Biss uses many different techniques and styles of writing to explain bise her audience that everyone has different ways of scaling pain. Painn do agree with her theory about pain because everyone feels pain at one point in his or her life. Absolute zero is the temperature at which molecules and atoms are moving as slowly as possible. While Dante describes Hell as being vile in his poem, once again as a reader you have to remember this is only from his point of view.

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. I agree with her point here because scales do need a fixed point but what confuses me is why she questions it. And one hundred is the point at which water boils.

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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. Leave a Reply Cancel reply Enter your comment here And then about prime numbers Eula states: You are commenting using your Facebook account. 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 to compare them too.


On the very last page of Biss’s essay, Inferno is mentioned again by saying that Dante describes Hell by saying that it does not have a tenth circle. At some points during the article I had a hard time following Biss’s thoughts because they did not seem to connect in my mind.

There are zeroes beneath zeroes. 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 is describing zero as something incomprehensible; something that creates a problem for the patient rating their pain. Posted by Carlie Jean Clennan at I think the reason she does this is to not make bise essay seem like an autobiography.

To me, the allusion seemed akward. She finds it easier to understand religion than to understand the concept of the number zero.

The Pain Scale

These fixed points were reversed after his death…. 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. Eula is describing rating her own pain as if it were a calculus problem, a guess and check type of equation.

How can the most painful place in the universe not have a tenth circle, the number which supposedly represents the most pain imaginable? The pain scale, she is saying, is just as incomprehensible to her as the concept of infinite primes. 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.

We apologize for the inconvenience and will lift this disclaimer when this feature becomes available. 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.

Throughout the text she explains her relationship with her father, who is a physician, and how that affected how she feels about certain types of pain and how he changed her idea of pain.

Further on, she uses the example of pain to express the reason why zero is a nonexistent number: As well as that, she uses pain as an example to explain many different ideas because everyone can relate to pain. This module has unpublished changes. The reason behind her bringing in her reputation, which is still unclear, is too make the reader think about how their pain scale would be laid out.


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For example, a chronic headache for me may be the same caliber pain someone else feels when they have the stomach flu. To find out more, including how to control cookies, see here: This takes me back to my first theory about how we cannot base our feelings around what people say the limits are.

Both are problematic — both have their fallacies and their immaculate conceptions. 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.

But the problem of zero troubles me significantly more than the problem of Christ…Zero is not a number. Or at least, it does not behave like a number. Eula also utilizes mathematical concepts such as calculus and prime numbers to express her thoughts. She feels like she should have a scale that is only for her and then she would feel more comfortable rating her pain. This site uses cookies. Create a free website or blog at WordPress.

February 21, by jkingsly. You are commenting using your Twitter account. I think this was a good effect that Eula Biss used; the easiest way to allow people to understand what you are talking about is too include personal experiences.

Therefore, when she compares her thoughts with those of a Greek philosopher it gives the impression that she is correct.