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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And one hundred is the point at which water boils. She uses the essay almost as a brainstorm. Hanna Hilton September 16, at 4: However, Biss soon realizes that the task of associating pain with a number and measurement is much harder than it appears due to the fact that it is unsure what it really means to “measure things”.

Further on in the text, she elaborates pian 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.

Eula then uses the Beaufort scale for measuring wind. Further on, she uses the example of pain to express the reason why zero is a nonexistent number: But she does not make it entirely personal; she describes herself as an average person, she has nothing distinct about her.

Zero, on the Celsius scale, is the point at which water freezes.

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Absolute zero is the temperature at which molecules and atoms are moving as slowly as possible. 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.

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These fixed points were reversed after his death…. To me, the allusion seemed akward. The pain scale, she is saying, is just as incomprehensible to her as the concept of infinite primes.

ppain 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. Eula scalr these concepts to the use of a pain scale, and builds upon her own thought process through them. In her thought process she muses: And then about prime numbers Eula states: These fixed points were reversed after his death… There is only one fixed point on the Kelvin scale — absolute zero.

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I think the reason she does this is to not make the essay seem like an autobiography. 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.

Leave a Reply Cancel reply Enter your comment here I think this ekla 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. There is only one fixed point on the Kelvin scale — absolute zero.

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February 21, by jkingsly. But even at absolute zero, their motion does not stop completely. But the problem of zero troubles bias significantly more than the problem of Christ…Zero is not a number.

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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. Posted by Carlie Jean Clennan at 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 the anguish she has experienced through being forced to use it throughout her own life.


While reading the essay it feels like she does not actually have a thesis that she wants to explain to the audience. In her ideology zero is nonexistent therefore it should not be used as a fixed point for a scale.

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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.

Everyone euka 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. Absolute zero is degrees Celsius colder than the temperature at which water freezes. Therefore, when she compares her thoughts with those of a Greek philosopher it gives the impression that she is correct.

As well as that, she uses pain as an example to explain many different ideas because everyone can relate to pain.