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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This mystery of zero makes her worried and hesitant to how she should rate her pain. A scale can be established to reference the pain, but in the long run the numbers do not really mean much if there is nothing to compare them too. The lower fixed point, bisz, is the coldest temperature at which a mixture of salt and water can still remain liquid.

Hanna Hilton September 16, at 4: However, I do understand her anger with zero.

Eula points out distinct problems with each scale and their use of 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. She does this to provide evidence to back up her thoughts; Aristotle was a Eul philosopher and polymath. Here, Eula explains through the concept of prime numbers and their infinite possibilities the infinite nature of the pain scale and its use as a rating system.

There are zeroes beneath zeroes.

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Out of all the numbers, the very largest primes are unknown. Further on, she uses the example of pain to express the reason why zero is a nonexistent number: 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 pzin.


Posted by Carlie Jean Clennan at It does not add, subtract, or multiply like other numbers. You are commenting using your WordPress. She feels like she should have a scale that is only for her and then she would feel more comfortable rating her pain.

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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”.

On the very last page of Biss’s essay, Ehla is mentioned again by saying that Dante describes Hell by saying that it does not have a tenth circle. 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: Posted in Uncategorized Leave a Eulaa. Or at least, it does not behave like a number.

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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. But Anders Celsius, who introduced the scale inoriginally fixed zero as the point at which water boiled, and one hundred as the point scape which water froze.

The reason behind her confusion is due to the many different texts and theories we are presented with through time. Eula Biss does not think about the fact that 0 is a useful thing; it separates the negative from the positive.

Newer Post Older Post Home. These fixed points were reversed after his death… There is only one fixed point on the Kelvin scale — absolute zero. Thanks very much for the share.

We apologize for the inconvenience and will lift this disclaimer when this feature becomes available. But she includes herself in the essay so that people can relate to her experiences and understand what she is trying to say. Show Comments 0 and Tags. February 21, by jkingsly. She finds it easier to understand religion than to understand the concept of the number zero. Still, every year, the largest known prime is larger. Eula is using these facts about the falsity of using fictional measurements to measure Hell to build upon her argument against the use of zero, an almost fictional number in itself.

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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.

This takes me back to my first theory about how we cannot base our feelings around what people say the limits are. From there, Eula discusses the Fahrenheit, Celsius, and Kelvin temperature scales.

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You are commenting using your Twitter account. I strive to remain liquid. For example, a chronic headache for me may be the same caliber pain someone else feels when they have the stomach flu. In her ideology zero is nonexistent therefore it should not be used as a fixed point for a scale.

Absolute zero is the temperature at which molecules and atoms are moving as slowly as possible. Biss realizes this and says that “[i]n the second circle of Dante’s Inferno, the adulterous lovers cling to each other Eula is describing zero as something incomprehensible; something that creates a problem for the patient rating their pain.

While reading the essay it feels like she does not actually have a thesis that she wants to explain to the audience. 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. Ways of Reading An Anthology for Writers. Eula connects these concepts to the use of a pain scale, and builds upon her own thought process through them.