I’ve Heard the Mermaid Singing Group: Cherry, Mindy, Julie, Andrea, Victoria, Stephanie Professor: Kate Liu
Introduction. • A. Thesis Statement Polly, as a social misfit, under the pressure of social institution, she struggles among the individual of herself, female sexuality and art to find her own value system.
Introduction. • B. Social Institution 1. work place 2. art: names (Church gallery, Mary Joseph, Gabriel, Polly and Dora) 3. patriarchy and heterosexuality • C. The Main Character--- Polly 1. sexual oritation 2. social misfit 3. self-identity
Polly (individual level) • A. Polly is a social misfit 1.how she works 2.bad social manner (the gift, eating in the Japanese restaurant, in front of the mirror) 3.outsider (her house, the way she eat--- with cat, no routine) • B. Fantasy 1.climbing high building 2.heard the mermaid singing
Female sexuality (second level) • A. The three main characters 1.Mary Joseph---man 2.Gabriel--- man and woman 3.Polly---bisexual • B. The first turning point • C. The second fantasy
Art (the third level) • A. The growing process 1.admire 2.be rejected 3.surmount • B. Compare--- Gabriel’s and Polly’s attitude toward art 1.the second turning point 2.the pictures • C.the empty painting
Conclusion • A. Self-accomplishment 1.the fourth fantasy 2.the third turning point 3.the final scene • B. Connection with the filmmaker