She used to cry constantly in her childhood and once

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Merry’s stuttering speech symbolizes the “disruption in her connection to reality”. Sheused to cry constantly in her childhood, and once said to her father “I’m lonesome”, which perplexed Seymour and made him, contemplate over the use of such a depressing word by a two-year old child. Furthermore, she lost her innocence while striving to become a radical, which was driven by the want to be heard by everyone and to assert herself. There is a lack ofany logical explanation for the metamorphosis of her innocence into terrorist leanings. Her sense of loneliness points to her inadaptability that makes her a misfit and renders her incapable to behave as per the defined standards (Neelakantan, 2004. Through the associationof Merry with Weatherman Underground cannot be ascribed to the dearth of parental skills in Swede. But the lack of a proper reaction by her parents when Merry started showing improper behavior can be blamed for her eventual radical acts.The character of Merry struggled to construct a stable identity for herself by using religion. Her mother was a Catholic, owing to which she became an ardent follower of Catholicism. On the other hand, the ideal perfection embodied by her father that was nearly impossible for her to attain caused anger in her and ultimately drove her to adopt fanaticism instead. Her attempts at searching her identity resulted into the conversion of her individual identity into a collective identity. Her inability to connect and adapt to the ideals for which her father stood throughout his life made her choose the extremist views that fed her impulsesto “murder and self-annihilation”. The cure of her stammering problem could not be providedby any psychologist or speech therapist as her stammering was a sign of her inability to adapt. Her tragic fall was brought upon by the identity crisisthat plagued her throughout her life (Glavan).Merry’s father had been constantly searching for the answer behind her polemical behavior and pondered over “What could have wounded Merry?” (Roth 1997, p. 92). There are several reasons that can be attributed to her becoming a terrorist, for instance, her
Terrorism and Identity in Post-Modern American Literature 82stammering problem that made her feel isolated from her perfect parents. Also, the incident wherein he kissed his daughter on lips evoking incestuous leanings can also be referred as another possible reason for their expulsion into the American berserk. Apart from these, communal issues have also been talked by Stanley, such as dislocating Merry from her Jewish roots by his marrying an Irish American woman and shifting to Old Rimrock house. Another instance is that of Merry watching self-immolation of a Vietnamese monk on television has also been traced by her father to decipher her state. Thus, it has been stated thatSeymour took her political actions as a form of diversion caused by some psychological trauma that required treatment.

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