Monologue for an Onion Themes

Sue (Suji) Kwock Kim
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Elusiveness of Truth

According to the onion, the person is peeling and cutting it in an attempt to get past the layers to understand what is at the heart of the onion. The onion states, “Poor deluded human: you seek my heart.” Although the onion insists that it is hiding nothing and that it is simply an onion through and through (“Beneath each skin of mine / Lies another skin: I am pure onion—pure union / Of outside and in, surface and secret core”), the person keeps chopping. From the onion's perspective, truth is very elusive to the person, because she refuses to acknowledge the actual truth in favor of finding the desired truth. The onion accuses the person of being obstinate: “Is this the way you go through life, your mind / A stopless knife, driven by your fantasy of truth.” Because the person lives in denial and seeks a...

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