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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Impaled with hundreds of nails? Biss is very philosophical and makes the reader think along with her as she details and questions the assumed pain for each digit, or lack thereof. With this pain that she is feeling, she finds it incredibly difficult to rate her pain level because of how other people would consider pain and her thoughts on people that feel a much larger scale of pain in other countries.

I like to rate pain this way. Without these facts, the story would be questionable as a work of non-fiction. How many aspirin does it take to solve the problem? But she does not make it entirely personal; she describes herself as an average person, she has nothing distinct about her. And one hundred is the point at which water boils. 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.

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I think this was a good effect that Eula Biss used; the easiest way to allow people to understand what you are scape about is too include personal experiences. Eula Biss does not think about the fact that 0 is a useful thing; it separates the negative from the positive. You are commenting using your WordPress. 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.


Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: I strive to remain liquid. The reason behind her confusion is due to the many different texts and theories we are presented with through time. In order to comment on this portfolio you must be logged in to the school or organization it is associated with. The lower fixed point, zero, is the coldest temperature at which a mixture of salt and water can still remain liquid.

She does this to ghe evidence to back up her thoughts; Aristotle was a Greek philosopher and polymath. Posted in Uncategorized Leave a Comment.

The pain scale

Clearly, when I read something that sounds like a hard-core fact, I have no choice but to believe it. I myself am a mixture of scake and water.

Not only do her details piece together imagery, but they bring together a final image that was perhaps unexpected, one scsle a twist. 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.

But if so, a simple burn becomes less than painful, does it not?

Leave a Reply Cancel reply Enter your comment here From there, Eula discusses the Fahrenheit, Celsius, and Kelvin temperature scales. 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. A five-point scale has less room for error and viss room for specificity. I agree with her point here because scales do need a fixed point but what confuses me is why she questions it.


That is the main reason why it is first on the list. The pain scale, she is saying, is just as incomprehensible to her as the concept of infinite primes. This site uses cookies.

The Pain Scale

You are commenting using your WordPress. Email Address never made public. 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.

Notify me of new comments via email. The author, Eula Biss, takes the reader on a journey of the numbers relaying the pain associated with each.

As well as that, she uses pain as an example to explain many different ideas because everyone can relate to pain.

From what we learn in mathematics zero has too many rules for anyone to remember and within those rules there are exceptions. Follow hashtagoctothorpe on WordPress. Yes, five—not ten—because somewhere between one and ten, people tend to get lost, fluctuating eila their answers. 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.

These fixed points were reversed after his death… There is only one fixed point on the Kelvin scale — absolute zero.

There is only one fixed point on the Kelvin scale — absolute zero. 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.

Hearing someone describe their pain as a ten is much easier than hearing them describe is as a hot poker driven through their eyeball into their brain.