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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Dragged over gravel behind a fast truck? Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Eulq are commenting using your WordPress. Clearly, when I read something that sounds like a hard-core fact, I have no choice but to believe it. This module has unpublished changes. 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: In her thought process she muses: You are commenting using your Facebook account.

Without these facts, the story would be questionable as a work of non-fiction. A five-point scale has less room for error and more room for specificity. But I scqle not agree with the fact that she thinks zero is useless because Zero is used for many things in day-to-day life.

This site uses cookies. While reading the essay it feels like she does not actually have a thesis that she wants to explain to the audience. From there, Eula discusses the Fahrenheit, Celsius, and Kelvin temperature scales. She is not talking ekla 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.


With a stubbed toe? For example pain that might be intense for her might be very minor or even unnoticeable to her father. Biss is also very philosophical in her wording. 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.

Further on, she uses the example of pain to express the reason why zero is a nonexistent number: 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.

To find out more, including how to control cookies, see here: The pain scale, she is saying, is just as incomprehensible to her as the concept of infinite primes.

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Email Address never made public. But even at absolute zero, their motion does not stop completely. 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. Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Without a little personal wit and relatability, why would we read non-fiction?

The reason behind her confusion is due to the many different texts and theories we are presented with through time.


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It does not add, subtract, or multiply like other numbers. 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. That is the main reason why it is bss on the list. Email required Address never made public. Being that this is creative non-fiction, what better way to stay within the genre than by using statistics?

I think she talks about Zero because she feels uela she needs a fixed point for her scale.

Post was not sent – check your email addresses! This takes me back to my first theory about how we cannot base our feelings around what people say the limits are. 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.

Her tone allows the reader to follow her guide but to question her story as well. Meredith Raiford MeredithRaiford Oct 12, By continuing to use this website, you agree to their use. You are commenting using your Twitter account. You are commenting using your Twitter account.

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.