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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The Pain Scale

But she does not make it entirely personal; she describes herself as an average person, she has nothing distinct about her. The lower fixed point, zero, is the coldest temperature at which a mixture of salt and water can still remain liquid.

scaale However, I do understand her anger with zero. Eula points out distinct problems with each scale and their use of zero. I do agree with her theory about pain because everyone feels pain at one point in his or her life. There is only one fixed point on the Kelvin scale — absolute zero.

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. Zero, on the Celsius scale, is the point at which water freezes. To me, the allusion seemed akward.

Notify me of new comments via email. These fixed points were reversed after his death… There is only one fixed point on the Kelvin scale — absolute zero.


The pain scale

The reason behind her confusion is due to the many different texts and theories we are presented with through time. There are zeroes beneath zeroes. While reading the essay it feels like she does not actually have a thesis that she wants to explain to the audience. 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.

Biss realizes this and says that “[i]n the second circle of Dante’s Inferno, the adulterous lovers cling to each scle 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.

I strive to remain liquid.

Leave a Reply Cancel reply Enter your comment here In the end, Eula Biss uses many different techniques and styles of writing to explain to her audience that everyone has different ways bis scaling pain.

Out of all the numbers, the very largest primes are unknown. Eula connects these concepts to the use of a pain scale, and builds upon her own thought process through them.

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I think paain reason she does this is to not make the essay seem like an autobiography. In addition, everybody’s pain is in reference to themselves, which means no two people should have the same exact pain scale.

Therefore, when she compares her thoughts with those of a Greek philosopher it gives the impression that she is correct. 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. 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. An equation that she does not understand but must perform.


Here, Eula explains scake the concept of prime numbers and their infinite possibilities the infinite nature of the pain scale and its use as a rating system.

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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. You are commenting using your WordPress.

Euclid 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. In order to comment on this portfolio you must be logged in to the school or organization it is associated with. Further on, she uses the example of pain to express the reason why zero is a nonexistent number: Both are problematic — both have their fallacies and their immaculate conceptions.

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