Sue (Suji) Kwock Kim Writing Styles in Monologue for an Onion

Sue (Suji) Kwock Kim
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Irony

Kim interjects irony in “Monologue for an Onion” to illustrate the human being's struggle with truth. The onion points out ironies in the person's motives and behavior. For example, the onion notes that while the person peels, cuts, and chops at the onion to get to its heart (“Poor deluded human: you seek my heart”), it is really the person's own heart that the chopper so desperately seeks. The person cutting the onion strives to find the center of something, even if it is just an onion, because the person lacks a center but does not realize it. The onion explains, “And at your inmost circle, what? A core that is / Not one. Poor fool, you are divided at the heart, / Lost in its maze of chambers, blood, and love.”

The onion also points out that the person, after peeling and cutting the onion, is the one who...

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