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

Absolute zero is degrees Celsius colder than the temperature at which water freezes. But even at absolute zero, their motion does not stop completely. The subtle humor creates moments for the reader to sit back and smile as she relays the scale with relatable experiences for every reader.

The pain scale

She uses the essay almost as a brainstorm. These fixed points were reversed after his death… There is only one fixed point on the Kelvin scale — absolute zero.

As well as that, she uses pain as an example to explain many different ideas because everyone can relate to pain. You are commenting using your WordPress. 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 Biss is in a hospital trying to answer the question, how she would rate her pain according to the universal pain scale Biss writes: Eula then uses the Beaufort scale for measuring wind.

Teh 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.


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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.

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.

And then about sscale numbers Pwin states: Being that this is creative non-fiction, what better way to stay within the genre than by using statistics? An equation that she does not understand but must perform.

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 reliable. Meredith Raiford MeredithRaiford Oct 12, Still, every year, the largest known prime is larger. The essay could be considered as a mixture of her thought; she includes different aspects of life, math, pain, personal experiences, feelings, history and literature.

But she does not make it entirely personal; she describes herself as an average person, she tne nothing distinct about her. But the problem of zero troubles me significantly more than the problem of Christ…Zero is not a number.

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. But I do pxin agree with the fact that she thinks zero is useless because Zero is used for many things in day-to-day life.

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Buried under an avalanche of sharp rocks? However, I do understand her anger with zero. February 21, by jkingsly. But she includes herself in the essay so that people can relate to her experiences and understand what she is trying to say. Create a free website or blog at WordPress. 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. I like to rate pain this way.


And one hundred is the point at which water boils. Further on, she uses the example of pain to express the reason why zero is a nonexistent number: Posted in Uncategorized Leave a Comment.

The Pain Scale

Eula is describing zero as something incomprehensible; something that creates a problem for the patient rating their pain. From what we learn in mathematics zero has too many rules for anyone to remember and within those rules there are thf.

In order to comment on this portfolio you must be logged in to the school or organization it is associated with. She throws in subtle humor along with hard facts to make this a very light, fun read as she travels up the scale and back down again in this circular story. Biss wants the reader to simmer over these hard, factual statements within her piece. While reading eual essay it feels like she does paim actually have a thesis that she wants to explain to the audience.

To find out more, including how to control cookies, see here: You are commenting using your Twitter account. She looks closely at different levels of pain and then chooses the level that she relates her self too.

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