Millard's Shark Girl searches for solace from the heartbreak of mortality. While we may find temporary distractions in nature, the routine of everyday living and the trappings of Western culture, these distractions are only external. A deeper relief from the human condition must come from within if we wish to ease our fears about our impermanence.
The predicament of the Shark Girl is that she never faces her inner turmoil and, instead, continues the outward quest for diversion. While she is sorrowful, wandering, and terrified, there is a comic element to this “fish out of water.” We can relate to Shark Girl in our own pursuits for satisfaction and tranquility.