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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. “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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But she does not make it entirely personal; she describes herself as an average person, she has nothing distinct about her. Eula is using these facts about the falsity of using fictional measurements to measure Hell to build upon euka argument against the use of zero, an almost fictional number in itself. Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: I love your analysis of it, too, using Biss-esque logic to defend your position.

Email Address never made public. Meredith Raiford MeredithRaiford Oct 12, The reason behind her confusion is due to the many different texts and theories we are presented with through time.

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. Further on, she uses the example of pain to express the reason why zero is a nonexistent number: The pain scale, she is saying, is just as incomprehensible to her as the concept of infinite primes.

I myself am a mixture of salt and water. 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.


Eula uses all of these problems, these small issues that do not line up, to express the great confusion and uncertainty that comes with such rating scales. You are commenting using your Facebook account.

She does this to provide evidence to back up her thoughts; Aristotle was a Greek philosopher and polymath. As preluded in sections one and two—more so in two, but that is because two comes after one—Biss tends to question the reader as she goes up and down the scale.

Eula connects these concepts to the use of a pain scale, and builds upon her own thought process through them. 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. To find out more, including how to control cookies, see here: Yes, five—not ten—because somewhere between one and ten, people tend to get lost, fluctuating within their answers.

Still, every year, the largest known prime is larger. This site uses cookies. She finds it easier to understand religion than to understand the concept of the number zero. 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.

Sorry, your blog cannot share posts by email. Eula Biss does not think about the fact that 0 is a useful thing; it separates the negative from the positive. Dragged over gravel behind a fast truck?

Notify me of new comments via email. An equation that she does not understand but must perform. Biss is hysterical, yet serious as she makes this story relatable to the reader, and her subtlety is key within her humor. 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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You are commenting using your WordPress. This mystery of zero makes her worried and hesitant to how she should rate her pain. In her ideology zero is nonexistent therefore it should not be used as a fixed point for a scale. Posted in Uncategorized Leave a Comment.

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How many aspirin does it take to solve the problem? Eula is describing rating her own pain as if it were a calculus problem, a guess and check type of equation. In her thought process she muses: Email required Address never made public. She has a problem that she reveals deeper into the text; her back is too straight which has been causing her pain for a while now.

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.

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And then about prime numbers Eula states: Show Comments 0 and Tags. Without these facts, the story would be questionable as a work of non-fiction. I agree with her point here because scales do need a fixed point but what confuses me is why she questions it.