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Analysis of Jonathan Livingstone Seagull by Richard Bach

Post by vandanasharma on Wed Nov 16, 2016 1:25 pm

Dear Students,

This communication is in context to your reading of Livingstone Seagull by Richard Bach. I hope some of you have read it and many of you have yet to pick up the book and start reading it. Whatever the situation is you all are required to read the complete book. Upon reading you are required to respond to the following:
1 Few lines about the author and also explain the title

2 A paragraph on the story/plot

3 The character you liked the most and why?

4 Your takeaways/learnings (elaborate)

This carries a weightage of 10% in your internal component.


Be thorough with the content of the book as questions might be asked in any of the sessions. Also do not copy paste the stuff either from your friends or from any other source. The entire writing has to be in your own words.
The deadline for submission is 15 Dec. 2016 and no sbmission at all after this date. No excuse or reason shall be entertained in any case, whatsoever.

Kindly revert for any guidance.

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Re: Analysis of Jonathan Livingstone Seagull by Richard Bach

Post by Kiran Moolrajani on Mon Dec 05, 2016 6:18 pm

Richard Bach is a very good writer as he has that enthusiasm within himself with which he can stimulate a drive into the readers that even they can give fire to that burning desire within them and put their efforts in order to achieve perfection.

Russell Munson's photographs are very effective in describing the situations wherein Jonathan was placed in during his efforts to fly and break the record by becoming the first seagull from his flock in learning different styles of flying.
The title is appropriate "Jonathan Livingston Seagull" which talks about the book which is full of adventure which talks about the enthusiasm of never stop learning and always trying out new things in order to achieve perfection which is portrayed by a seagull named Jonathan.

The story Jonathan Livingston Seagull talks about a seagull named Jonathan who has an inbuilt capacity of determination and will power with which Jonathan is able to learn how to fly and is able to break the record and wants to make every seagull learn it. Seagull in Jonathan's flock fly merely for the purpose of eating but Jonathan wants to fly,he loves it and wants to achieve perfection into it. Jonathan was out cast because of his this curiosity but he never stopped learning and learned even more techniques and excelled in them.

The character I liked the most is the senior seagull Chiang who taught Jonathan the real scenario of perfection in flying by telling Jonathan that " Perfect speed is the key to Heaven; flying a thousand miles is not the real success but it comes when perfection doesn't has any limits."

This book taught me that if a person has an inbuilt desire to fulfil a particular task with endless efforts that person can achieve his/her ambition and make their dreams come true. Determination,strong will power and an endless desire to learn can stimulate a person by creating a drive into them and instigating them to achieve what we want to.

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Re: Analysis of Jonathan Livingstone Seagull by Richard Bach

Post by Aastha Ahlawat on Tue Dec 06, 2016 2:45 pm

1) Richard Bach is one of the famous American Author.He is a kind of person who is very passionate about his writing stream. He wrote several books with interesting tittles.
And one of his book is "Jonathan Livingston Seagull" is a perfect tittle as the tittle itself shows by used the word LIVINGSTON that their is no limit ,one can live on his/her own conditions and their is no limit of learning .Everybody is free soul in this world to achieve their life goals.Also Jonathon is the name of Richard Bach's SON.

2)After reading the story I came to know that their was a Gull named Jonathon and he was very much different from other gulls of his flock,as he was outcast-ed from his flock because he was very passionate about flying high and high and he used to think beyond 'Finding and Fighting for food',moreover this passion made him to travel from this world to another world that is heaven only for flying,which results his feather glowed brilliance white now and his wings became smooth and perfect as sheets of polished silver.And in last I would like to add that the elder Gull Chiang also appreciated Jonathon for his hard work and helped him to reach near to perfection as Chiang was the GURU.

3)The Character I liked the most is Sullivan,who was found by Jonathon in between the journey for finding the heaven that means near about perfection and he was very good friend of Jonathon who always supports him and also said him that"Jonathon you are one in a million gulls''.Sullivan never criticized Jonathon for lived the flock and always boost him to achieve his goal to fly beyond Imagination.Sullivan was the real friend and same kind of person as Jonathon was.

4)My takeaways from this book is that "Never Give up on your DREAMS".Also,if one want to shine like a sun,than one need to be heated like a sun first.
Hard word can lead to anything.So,make our own path and put efforts and nobody can not stop you to achieve whatever you want in your life.

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Re: Analysis of Jonathan Livingstone Seagull by Richard Bach

Post by simran sharma on Thu Dec 08, 2016 11:50 pm

1. Few lines about the author and explain the title?
Richard David Bach is an American writer. He is a very good in his words that he can influence people in a good manner and can motivate them with her few words. In this book, he gave a good example of seagull for the readers and tried to motivate them. He very well knows how to play with words as it symbolize that he is very good in passion(writing).
I think the title is very appropriate for this because he took the example of Seagull(bird) and compared them with human life and asked reader to live their life as per there rules and regulation, not as per the society. He took a very good example of seagull who obsessed with pushing the limits of everything he knows about flying. Every day he learns increasingly. By comparing bird with human, he wants humans to think in the same way and push against our own personal boundaries.

2. A paragraph on the story/plot?
In this book, there was a seagull bird named Gull. He was different as compared to other seagull who spend their whole life in finding food and coming home. For them flying is just a means of finding foods. But Gull was very passionate about his life and his way of living. For him flying is life itself. He was fortunate about flying, but as usual it was against of seagull society. His family, neighbor and relatives want him to spend his time flying out to sea, flying out to the fishing boat, diving, catching food and fish and come back home. But j Jonathan Livingston Seagull thinks that life is lot more than that, there is more out there, he wants to enjoy himself, he wants to fly to feel what is like to be alive. He has learned by practice a way of flying so that he can fly super-fast, where he does enjoy himself, where he doesn’t need to use his entire wings span, he can bring his wings in and can change the shape of his body to fly with more intensity and more speed. And the elders of his flock don’t agree with what he is doing. He uses his ability and time to be the best that he can be being a seagull. The seagull in this book became the best. He teaches others to fly fast and how to move and how to be themselves. Even though there were difficulties that end up and they followed gull and realized that there is more to life then flying to 5 feet, flying should be more of a purpose not just survival.

3 The character you liked the most and why?
The character which I like the most is the character of Chiang. Who helped to fulfill the dreams of Gull and supported him. He supported him as her parents. He tried and understand the dreams of seagull and motivated him to fulfill it. He gives the reasons for gull’s actions, desires, and needs. As Gull was confident of what he is doing, but he wanted someone who support him, direct him when he feels weak and Chiang was the person who did this for him. He did this without having any kind of greed or temptation. So, I liked Chiang character the most.


4 Your takeaways/learning (elaborate)?
This is a story for the people who follows their dreams and make their own rules. This story inspired me the most because this story tells as about the importance of making the best use of our lives, even if our goals runs far from the norms of our flock, tribes or neighborhood. Somewhere our lives are also stuck in a routine where people go to work make money to buy foods and come back home and a repetitive process goes on. Unfortunately, society force that human should have home, job, make money, etc. We should take some advice from this bird, it’s there that we must go to work, we must pay bills, we must pay rent, we must buy food, etc. But at the same time, we should also try to improve our self and make our self better people, we should try new skills that we already have, We shouldn’t come from work and sit and waste a time, no use of body and our mind to the fullest potential that we have and everybody will be brilliant at different things and we all can do something, but we don’t because we are so tired, so lethargic that we don’t drive our self forward so be the best that we can be. The story teaches me to fulfill my dreams even if there are lot of hurdles in the way to achieve it.

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Re: Analysis of Jonathan Livingstone Seagull by Richard Bach

Post by Krishna Dhoot on Fri Dec 09, 2016 12:26 am

Richard Bach, an American writer, wrote the book Jonathan Livingstone seagull in 1970. He has keen interest in writing books thus incorporate his talent in writing. The title of this book is very much suitable as it suggests a bird lives near the sea who has dream of flying not for the food but for the happiness. Similarly we can connect this with our life that we should have to fly for long and too high to break all the records and get the success. We should have that much courage of breaking down all the records and making our own rules and regulations.

The story is about the bird who wants to break all the records of flying too high above the sky and as well as in night too.The story descibes the ambition of bird to fly at termendous speed and after acheiving the success he also teaches to other birds to reach at that point. Jonathan(bird's name) has determination and will power of achieving what he dreams gives learning to other birds too. The elder bird also scolded Jonathan for all his work but inspite of all hurdles he never looses his hope.Chiang, an elder gull, plays very important role in Jonathan's life as he taught him how to increase the speed while flying. Also he was also ready to learn something new anytime.

The character I like the most is Sullivan. While searching for heaven, Jonathan finds him. The thing which I like most about this character is that he was very good adviser who guides Jonathan that they have to go through thousands of lives to  get the first idea that there is more life than eating or fighting. The way he explained Jonathan about the heaven and their lives impressed me.

My learning from the story:-
1. Passionate for your dreams.
2. No compromise in hard work.
3. Trust yourself.
4. Never stops learning.
5. Learn from your mistakes.


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Re: Analysis of Jonathan Livingstone Seagull by Richard Bach

Post by alka yadav on Fri Dec 09, 2016 11:50 am

Richard David Bach is an american writer widely known as the author of some hugely popular 1970's best sellers, including Jonathan Livingston Seagull.As the title of book is Jonathan Livingston Seagull which describe how the bird who lives near sea aim to fly high even if they are not supposed to do.Here the bird show the courage to
learn to fly and accomplish his dream of flying.

In this book I see a bird whose name is Jon have a dream of flying. Jon get this dream by seeing small birds flying and going to other places. As Jon have big feathers which are hurdle for his flying dream then also he learn flying and taught other seagull how to fly.
The character I like the most is Fletcher Seagull as he is also outcast from the flock like Jon.After outcast Fletcher met Jon and learn how to fly then they came back and encourage other Seagull to fly. In the end after Jon disappeared Fletcher Seagull taught other Seagull flying and encouraging them.

Learning from the story:
1. Always work in the way to achieve the goal.
2. Don't get disappointed from starting failure.
3. Encourage others.


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Re: Analysis of Jonathan Livingstone Seagull by Richard Bach

Post by Shubham Patni on Fri Dec 09, 2016 2:18 pm

1. The author Richard Bach was an American writer, born in 23 June 1936. From his schooling life, he was fond of writing and motivated by his teachers he starts working on his interest. His book Jonathan Livingstone Seagull (published in 1970) was very famous book among all the books written by him.
Jonathan is the name of gull (seagull) and the whole story is describing the hard work and determination of that bird in achieving the success. The title looks very interesting as it makes readers curious to know about the seagull.

2. The story was divided in three parts. The first part describes the will power of Jonathan to climb to 1000 feet to begin a full power drive. He starts to learn how to fly with high speed and to break all the records. In part two, it was shown that how Jonathan met with other gulls and also his learning from his teacher. This part describes his journey to reach to the heaven and build skills to get it. Last part was about his teaching to other gulls and help them in succeed.

3. The character which I like the most is Jonathan itself. The reason for liking him most among all the characters is that we can relate his character to our lives too. Like him, we can too make our own rules and regulations. We should encourage our abilities and give our best to reach at the top level of our ambition.

4. My takeaways from this book of Richard is to find our inner strength and to utilise it in getting our dream to be true. Hard work can break all the obstacles for achieving success. Will power and determination can change the life’s rule.

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Re: Analysis of Jonathan Livingstone Seagull by Richard Bach

Post by devendra sharma on Fri Dec 09, 2016 2:21 pm

"Don’t believe what your eyes are telling you. All they show is limitation. Look with your understanding. Find out what you already know and you will see the way to fly.”
― Richard Bach, Jonathan Livingston Seagull
1) Richard Bach has touched millions of people through his humor, wisdom and insight.
With over 60 million copies of his books sold, Richard Bach remains one of the world's most beloved authors. His books are mainly autobiographies inspired from his life events. The Title “Jonathan Livingston Seagull” is that we should all strive to reach our greatest potential and break out of the boundaries that limit us.
2) Jonathan Seagull pushes himself to fly at tremendous speeds, for reaching a higher plane of perfection. Later, he returns to his flock to teach the ambitious among them what he knows.
• He repudiates their belief that a seagull's sole purpose is to eat and instead studies the mechanics of flight. He's banished because of this.
• He has a higher plane of existence, where he studies with the elder gull Chiang, who teaches him the secrets to "perfect speed."
• He reached to his flock to teach them what he has learned.
3) The character I liked most is The Elder Gull, Chiang, serves as a metaphor for God, teaching Jonathan lessons that included the mechanics of flight but went beyond them to encompass the philosophical applications of the knowledge to serve his own purposes and to allow him to help others.
4) And here are my takeaways from this book of prose and photos
• You may be wrong or you may be right. However in the end, you are the primary person who has to deal with you.
• It seems no matter the decision we make, someone will come out and say it is not “normal” or acceptable.
• Whether it’s flying from heights no other seagull has flown before or starting your own business, you won’t know if you can or can’t until you try.
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Re: Analysis of Jonathan Livingstone Seagull by Richard Bach

Post by Ritu kanojia on Fri Dec 09, 2016 7:54 pm

1) Richard David Bach is an American writer. He is a person who makes us feel reality while we are reading his books. He is an enthusiastic person, who always motivate us to learn something in life. He has written many books like,
* Jonathan Livingston Seagull
* Adventures of a Reluctant Messiah
* Out of My Mind etc.
But one of his book Jonathan Livingston Seagull is a book of a very independent bird, who flied faster and better not for search of food but only to achieve his goal,and give examples to others that learn more and more from others and from our mistake and develop our skills and ability.

2) The story begins with a beautiful bird Seagull named Jonathan who dreams of flying better than other Seagull's who spend their days in looking for scrap food, but Gull was very passionate about his life. But he needed some guidance or motivator who can guide him and can show his skills, than he met with Chiang who motivated him guided him told him to develop his skills and abilities to learn and fly high with high speed and achieve his goal and at last he taught other birds to learn more and more from others and from our mistake and achieve success he told them not to fly for food only fly to learn success will come back to you.

3) The character which I like the most is the role of Chiang who helped Jonathan to fulfill his dreams in every phase of life. He motivated him to achieve his goal. He told gull who scorn perfection for the sake of travel go nowhere, slowly Those who put aside travel for the sake of perfection go anywhere instantly. So gull did what he instructed him to become perfect and independent bird and make his on rule of life.

4)Anything which i learn from this book is that the ability to change the reality with the power of our own thoughts. once we read this book the whole story will show the reality that we are like Jonathan who faces each and every problem but we give easily but Jonathan did not. So Seagull wants us to learn more and more and face every challenges what all comes in our way. We can do anything to complete that anything we have to trust ourselves. we should leave a life of freedom we should make our own rule. we should fly high and achieve goal by learning so that we may become an example for others. This is the story who motivates me says me that our life is like a game play until you win if we lose no problem start again next game we will win.


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Re: Analysis of Jonathan Livingstone Seagull by Richard Bach

Post by kirti sharma on Sat Dec 10, 2016 9:33 pm

 RICHARD  BACH is a type of person who always wants to be a free , who wants to fly high in the sky. He is a very confident person who wants to live his life freely without having any boundation. He is a person who has trust upon himself that whatever he want to achiev in his life he will get it.
The title JONATHAN LIVINGSTON SEAGULL tells  that “ every individual should need to trust himself”. It also shows that whosoever doubts on you just ignore them and move forward.
This story shows seagull’s desire to fly and his developing  understanding of what flying means. If you have spent your life trying to do what is expected of you , your stepping out of that role may cause some alarming situations on the part of people around you.

 This is a story about seagull whose name is JONATHAN. He is an adventure  loving  person  and a person who is always ready to learn and because of his this quality only he is excluded from his rest of the family and friends . Because of his this habit (adventurous  loving  person  and a person who is always ready to learn) his family refuse to accept him and ask him to live on his own. One day two gulls takes him to the heaven there he learns about how to fly perfectly  from  GREAT GULL.  After some days  great gull dies and then jonathan  was left alone. But whatever he has learn from him he started practicing it and after some days he goes in the earth and started teaching his skills other gulls , the gulls  becomes amazed by jonathan’s skill . Jonathan tries to fly higher and higher and wants to show others that life wasn’t about eating and living for as long as you can. He has reached those speeds where none of the gull has reached because he doesn’t like to be like other gulls. After teaching his skills to other gulls and when he thought that he has taught them enough and tell this thing to them than the gulls get angry on Jonathan and asks him to leave the place, by this jonathan gets angry that the flock get look up to him and not shame him. Then he started living alone for few days , but he flew far way beyond the far cliffs. He then reminds all the things what great gull has taught him and then he again goes on the earth and there he teaches the flocks that that there is  more to life what they think. Now Jonathan has become very enlightened and feels that he has become free now and teaches other gulls gulls to live free.
Jonathan started out being a mischief- maker  and ended about almost a god to the other gulls.

 The character I liked the most is JONATHAN himself only because he never give up. He always have a trust on himself that he can achieve is goal whatever  obstacles he sees in his life. And his skill and positive attitude also that whatever he has learn he is willing to teach his learnings to his friends also.

 The learnings  I  get  from this story is that we should always try hard  to achieve our goal and should never give up. We should not listen to our external factors (negative) but always listen to those who tells us positive aspects of our life.

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Re: Analysis of Jonathan Livingstone Seagull by Richard Bach

Post by kaushalsoni139 on Sun Dec 11, 2016 1:47 am

1.)A great story by a great author , MR. Richard David Bach.
                                                         He is an eminent writer who have various other successful novels credited to him. Richard bach knows how to play with word , which is visible in his story. Some insights which we can infer from the story about him are that :
    i.)He is a lover of philosophy,
   ii.)He believe,people should work in area in which they are interested,
  iii.)He don't believe in being stagnant instead we should adapt and change accordingly ,etc,.
                                                          Now coming to title of story,i.e, JONATHAN LIVINGSTON SEAGULL.Here livingston means inspirational ,so this title is appropriate for the book because it tell us about a bird named as Jonathan who is very inspiring to other gulls.

2.)This story is all about a bird named Jonathan, who thinks different and extraordinary from others birds of his group. Unlike other birds he like to fly not because for earning his livelihood (food) but because of his curiosity to explore himself. he spent many time practicing flying different styles and because of which he faced various problems.He wanted every gull to explore their inherent power but they casted him out of the society.
                                    After being expelled from the group,he practised flying all alone.But one day he found two gulls having the same feeling of curiosity for fling like him. Those birds took him to a different place having various other birds of his type. There he met with great gull Chiang,who taught and provided him the right direction to his objective. After knowing his way,he went back to his home to teach the other birds that there is more than earning for eating.
                                    After having some problems he finally able to change there mindsets.

3.) I liked Jonathan the most and this is because of his love for his interest.He shows that we should not be confined to one or two things in own life in fact we should everytime explore for more.
                                   The commitment ,love ,loyalty of Jonathan towards his goal inspite of having many difficulty,inspired me a lot.

4.)After reading this admirable book , my brain as well as my heart learned various lession.
                                    One line that created a great impact on my mind is "Gulls who put aside perfection for the sake of trouble can go nowhere, but gulls who put trouble aside for the sake of perfection can go anywhere."
                                    Other takings are:
                                   i.)We should always be ready to learn new things,
                                  ii.)The never give up emotions must be present,
                                 iii.)Always try to explore yourself or your skills,
                                 iv.)You should not be rigid but should be flexible,
                                  v.)If you want to achieve somrthing than have feel for it have and enjoy freedom.
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Re: Analysis of Jonathan Livingstone Seagull by Richard Bach

Post by Garvit Kumar Shah on Sun Dec 11, 2016 6:47 pm

1) Richard Bach was an American writer. He is a freedom living person who motivates people to make their own rule. He wrote several book with interesting lines.
One of his book is Jonathan Livingston Seagull which describe the hard work & determination of that bird in achieving the success, which inspires human being to make their own rules of life and live a life a life of freedom, learn more and more to achieve our goal.

2) The story here tell us about a Gull named Jonathan who was very much different from other gulls of his flock, he was out costed from his flock because he has different thinking from other group member. He was passionate about flying high and high in the sky the group member do not fly more than 5 feet. All the gulls start with their day to search food this was their main aim, But Jonathan used to think beyond from this his motivate was to learn more and more and than achieve goal. This passion made him to travel far away to another world, that is heaven only for flying. but every gull in flock was opposing him not to try this and they always demotivated him. But there was an elder Gull chiang who appreciated Jonathan for his hard work and he helped Jonathan to reach near to perfection as Chiang was the guru. Due to him Jonathan flew high in the sky beyond everyone could think off. And at last he taught every group member to fly high and learn more and more.

3) According to me Jonathan was the best character. He was not an ordinary bird for him flying in life itself. He seeks to find a higher purpose and become the best of doing what he loves. He always have a trust on himself that he can achieve his goal. We should encourage our abilities and give our best to reach at the top level of our ambition.

4) My take away from this book is that always work hard to achieve our goal. Face every obstacle which comes in our journey of life. while facing that obstacle we learn more and more. trust our self there will be people who will demotivate you but we should listen to our self and make our own rule. Live a life of freedom.

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Re: Analysis of Jonathan Livingstone Seagull by Richard Bach

Post by BHARAT JAIN on Mon Dec 12, 2016 2:11 am

1)  Richard David Bach was an American writer. His books were mostly related to flying because aviation had always been his passion. His books are mainly autobiographies inspired from his life events. His one of the best selling book “Jonathan Livingston Seagull” a story of a seagull which shows that the definition of “Freedom” defers from person to person. In the story, a seagull i.e Jonathan wants to fly as much high he can rather than other who leaves for eating. The whole story is about the passion for doing what his heart says and what he wants to do.

2) The whole story about an independent seagull name called "Jonathan Livingston Seagull", who wants to fly high rather than spend his life according to other gulls i.e searching and eating food. He wants to increase his flying speed i.e being super-fast. His parents want that he spends his time flying out to sea(in search of food), rather than flying to increase hi speed because the end of the day he can fulfill his stomach with the food only, not with Air or speed. Even though he got outcast, he still not left practicing for flying high because now it becomes its passion. His learn to control and how to use his entire wings span so he can reach the maximum level of his speed. After getting trained with the help of change and some more, he taught the others to fly fast. They were not giving much importance to him but when he left them then they realized that flying is not only for survival, we have to use it as a resource.

3) As each and every character in the story were beautifully portrayed, but if I want to say for a particular, then I like the character of “Chiang”. He played a role of teacher cum parents who guide the Jonathan and supported when can say that Chiang helps the Jonathan to achieve his goal. “You didn’t need faith to fly, you needed to understand flying”, said by Chiang to Jonathan to motivate him. Chiang appreciated him when he was perfect and correct him when he was not, that’s called a “Real Teacher”.


4)  I learn after reading this book that, ”Your dedication and the passion are the ones which lead you towards the success in your life”. There will be so many hurdles in your path which can restrict you or try to divert you from your path, but if your vision and mission are clear and goal is strong, then no one can divert you from your path towards success.

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Re: Analysis of Jonathan Livingstone Seagull by Richard Bach

Post by rohit shivran on Mon Dec 12, 2016 3:47 pm

1. Richard David Bach is an American writer, he was a tactical fighter pilot, a motion picture stunt pilot, and flight instructor before becoming one of the world’s bestselling authors He penned down several fiction and non-fictional literary works. His Jonathan Livingston Seagull was also adapted into a film too.

2. The book   "Jonathan Livingston Seagull” is basically a story about a seagull named Jonathan who gets bored in his petty life and does not like conforming to rules and follow same old life he had been living. It’s divide in three parts.
In Part I, Jonathan defies his parents and spends all his time practicing flying. He repudiates their belief that a seagull's sole purpose is to eat and instead studies the mechanics of flight. In Part II, Jonathan reaches a higher plane of existence, where he studies with the elder gull Chiang, who teaches him the secrets to "perfect speed. In last part Jonathan returns to his flock to teach them what he has learned.
at first glance looks like any other typical seagull except that he unlike other seagulls, wants to fly and perfect his skills. While the other seagulls think that flying is just to facilitate the search for food, Jon knows that flying is more important than this.


3. My most favorite character is senior seagull Chiang. He taught Jonathan the real life lessons, he also taught him the secrets to "perfect speed” is the key of heaven & happiness.
“For most gulls it was not flying that matters, but eating. For this gull, though, it was not eating that mattered, but flight”

4. My takeaways from the book is to never give up. In this journey called life, there would be so many barriers, Society is mediocre, it will try to bring you down based on its ideals. But, it’s all up to us how we overcome them & we must have a mentor who guide us through this journey. It’s all about taking the initiative and become a trendsetter.
this book literally gave me an extraordinary experience of flying.
the strong imagination is what makes the book special Smile
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Re: Analysis of Jonathan Livingstone Seagull by Richard Bach

Post by Niharikasingh18j on Mon Dec 12, 2016 3:49 pm

1 Few lines about the author and also explain the title
Richard David bach is a well-known American author and has written some hugely popular 1970s best-sellers, including Jonathan Livingston Seagull(1970) and Illusions: The Adventures of a Reluctant Messiah (1977).most of the bach’s books are the semi – autobiographies, using actual or fictionalized events from his life to illustrate his philosophy.
The title “Jonathan Livingston seagull” is basically the name of the main character of the book and is a seagull.
2 A paragraph on the story/plot
The story is of a seagull, who is not confined by the view of his flock i.e. ‘seagulls have only one aim in their life that is to eat food’. Jonathan Seagull pushes himself to fly at tremendous speeds, eventually reaching a higher plane of perfection and because of this fact, all the other seagulls consider him as an outsider, casting him out of the flock. He then transcends into a society of seagulls in which all the seagulls enjoy flying. And realizes that “you should be true to yourself, you have the freedom to be yourself, your true self, here and now, and nothing can stand in your way.” After that, jonathan hears the last words from his teacher "Keep working on love.”. he realizes as to be free one should need to have the ability of forgiving others and that the way to progress leads for him, at least through becoming a teacher, not just through working hard as a student. And after becoming a teacher the first question asked his student "Do you want to fly so much that you will forgive the Flock, and learn, and go back to them one day and work to help them know?". After further talk he realizes that love, deserved respect, and forgiveness all seem to be equally important to the freedom from the pressure to obey the rules just because they are commonly accepted.
3 The character you liked the most and why?
I liked Jonathan itself as he was goal oriented and was sure what he wanted in life and worked day and night for it. Sacrificing everything and everyone as to achieve his goal.
4 Your takeaways/learnings (elaborate)
One should work day and night as to achieve his/her goal. If you work hard you can achieve anything in your life. Times will be hard, u will be lucky if people understand you. In some cases, even the whole society can be against you. But you should not lose hope. And keep on pursuing your goals and in the end, everything will be alright.

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Re: Analysis of Jonathan Livingstone Seagull by Richard Bach

Post by Ankur Parwal on Mon Dec 12, 2016 4:12 pm

1.)A great story by a great author , MR. Richard David Bach.
He is an eminent writer who have various other successful novels credited to him. Richard bach knows how to play with word , which is visible in his story. Some insights which we can infer from the story about him are that :
i.)He is a lover of philosophy,
ii.)He believe,people should work in area in which they are interested,
iii.)He don't believe in being stagnant instead we should adapt and change accordingly ,etc,.
Now coming to title of story,i.e, JONATHAN LIVINGSTON SEAGULL.Here livingston means inspirational ,so this title is appropriate for the book because it tell us about a bird named as Jonathan who is very inspiring to other gulls.

2.)This story is all about a bird named Jonathan, who thinks different and extraordinary from others birds of his group. Unlike other birds he like to fly not because for earning his livelihood (food) but because of his curiosity to explore himself. he spent many time practicing flying different styles and because of which he faced various problems.He wanted every gull to explore their inherent power but they casted him out of the society.
After being expelled from the group,he practised flying all alone.But one day he found two gulls having the same feeling of curiosity for fling like him. Those birds took him to a different place having various other birds of his type. There he met with great gull Chiang,who taught and provided him the right direction to his objective. After knowing his way,he went back to his home to teach the other birds that there is more than earning for eating.
After having some problems he finally able to change there mindsets.

3.) I liked Jonathan the most and this is because of his love for his interest.He shows that we should not be confined to one or two things in own life in fact we should everytime explore for more.
The commitment ,love ,loyalty of Jonathan towards his goal inspite of having many difficulty,inspired me a lot.

4.)After reading this admirable book , my brain as well as my heart learned various lession.
One line that created a great impact on my mind is "Gulls who put aside perfection for the sake of trouble can go nowhere, but gulls who put trouble aside for the sake of perfection can go anywhere."
Other takings are:
i.)We should always be ready to learn new things,
ii.)The never give up emotions must be present,
iii.)Always try to explore yourself or your skills,
iv.)You should not be rigid but should be flexible,
v.)If you want to achieve somrthing than have feel for it have and enjoy freedom.

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Re: Analysis of Jonathan Livingstone Seagull by Richard Bach

Post by kanishka mani on Mon Dec 12, 2016 7:37 pm

Richard Bach is an American writer and an ex air force pilot. He is now seldom without an aeroplane. He wrote 3 books on mystique of flying and he has edited a flying magazine and written hundreds of magazine articles and stories.
For most seagulls, life consists simply of eating and surviving. Flying is just a means of finding food. However, Jonathan Livingston Seagull is no ordinary bird. For him, flying is life itself. Against the conventions of seagull society, he seeks to find a higher purpose and become the best at doing what he loves.

This story talks about a seagull who wants to fly high and as we know that seagulls can’t fly high. So he tries to do that and in trying he failed many times and he also got scold from his elder seagulls that you must be know that seagulls are not meant to fly high they are meant to live below and have their food only. But Jonathan was so stubborn to fly high and reach he sky that he never quit and went against the whole community. One day he got an idea of getting high by an eagles flight, how an eagle fly and he also adopt the same technique. He failed in starting but gradually he did it perfectly and showed to the whole community that a seagull can fly high, all is needed is courage to do it.

The character I like the most is Jonathan’s father because he didn’t oppose him but he tells Jonathan that it’s ok that you want to fly high but don’t forget that you must also need to learn to catch the fish because it is your primary motive. I will throw a light on this by quoting Jonathan’s father’s line which he said to Jonathan “See here, Jonathan,” said his father, not unkindly. “Winter isn’t far away. Boats will be few, and the surface fish will be swimming deep. If you must study, then study food, and how to get it. This flying business is all very well, but you can’t eat a glide, you know. Don’t you forget that the reason you fly is to eat.”

In the end I would like to share my takeaways from the story is:
No matter what others say do what you want to do never stop doing something which you dreamt of. It is not important that if someone is not able to any work you can also can’t do. “If we follow our dreams, we too can soar.”

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Re: Analysis of Jonathan Livingstone Seagull by Richard Bach

Post by Komal Khanna PGFA1623 on Mon Dec 12, 2016 9:24 pm

1) Richard Bach, the author used to write semi-autobiography and fictional stories. He loved flying and also joined aviation at the age of 17. This love is also shown in many of his books like Jonathan Livingstone Seagull. Title of the story means that it is about a seagull who wants fly high and be inspired and also inspire other seagulls to fly.

2) This story is about a seagull who wants perfection and who wants to fly high. He doesn't want a routine life just to catch food. He wants to explore and inspire others. He then is banished from his flock because of this idea. He still flies high but alone. He meets two seagulls who also love to fly. They teach him about flying and always catch hold of the dream. He afterwards realizes that he must return back and teach them also to fly high. He becomes a tutor.

3) The character I like the most is Chiang, because he teaches him to be patient and he taught him to fly high. Always motivated him and encouraged him. The secret, Chiang says, is to "begin by knowing that you have already arrived.", this means that you must first know about where you are and then strive to become what you want to.

4) My takeaways are that you must be focused and listen to your heart. You should be inspired and inspire others also. One must follow his/her dreams and be unique.

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Re: Analysis of Jonathan Livingstone Seagull by Richard Bach

Post by kiran.18j on Mon Dec 12, 2016 11:34 pm

1) Richard Bach is an American writer. He is very keen and passionate about his writing.He has written so many books and one of his popular book is Jonathan Livingston Seagull which was published in 1970. The first three book of Richard was related to flying.For him flying is a way of life and learning.
'Jonathan Livingston Seagull' talks about the story of seagull named Jonathan who always wants to fly, who always ready to challenge his own target and daily he sets a new target.
2). The story Jonathan Livingston Seagull talks about the Jonathan Seagull whose primary goal was not to fly in search of food but he wanted to reach the biggest speed and fly as fast as possible.He pushed his limits everyday and sets a new target.After practicing so much he reached to a speed that had never been reached by any seagull.He was proud of himself and his success so he couldn’t wait to share it with the other seagulls. But he was surprised when nobody was happy for him. Not only that but also the elderly seagulls forced him to leave the flock because all were against his flying habit and he spent the rest of days alone. meanwhile two seagulls come ans take him away. There he met Great gull Chiang, who taught him many lessons and after learning he returned back to his flock so that he can taught other gulls also.After all his sturuggle he was able to taught the actual meaning of life.
3) The character i liked most was Chiang, he told Jonathan that perfection has no limits.He taught him the meaning of kindness and love.He told him that you have to be true to yourself and I also liked Jonathan also because he always ready to learn and help others also.
4) learning from book :-
   Be true to Yourself
   Never stop learning
   Anything can be achieved by hard work
   Help others in fulfilling the dreams or in learning things

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Re: Analysis of Jonathan Livingstone Seagull by Richard Bach

Post by Dheeraj Mohan on Tue Dec 13, 2016 10:13 pm

1 Few lines about the author and also explain the title
Richard David Bach is a renowned American writer. He has written some great work like Jonathan Livingston Seagull(1970) and Illusions: The Adventures of a Reluctant Messiah (1977). The stories in his book are inspired from his own experiences. Most of Bach's books have been semi-autobiographical, using actual or fictionalized events from his life to illustrate his philosophy.
The title of the book is “Jonathan Livingston Seagull” which is the name and specie of the main character. Jonathan Livingston and is a seagull.
2 A paragraph on the story/plot
Jonathan Livingstone seagull is a contemporary fairytale that relies on modern time themes. The story is about a seagull who is never satisfied with something average and always wanted to accomplish something more. The seagull who was not limited with the basic aspects of life that was to have the fishermen’s leftovers. His goal was to reach at the maximum potential of flying rather than having the basic needs. He was exiled from the flock for being a rebel. After being kicked out of the flock he meets the flock of seagulls who were as passionate about flying as he was. Where he reaches a higher plane of existence, where he studies with the elder gull Chiang, who teaches him the secrets to "perfect speed." After that he went back to his flock to teach them what he has learned.
3 The character you liked the most and why?
I liked Jonathan the most as he was a very hard worker, the views of his flock did not confide him. He was willing to do anything to achieve his goal. Even when no one supported him he did not lose any hope he got up and started working towards achieving his goal.
4 Your takeaways/learnings
One needs to work day and night as to achieve one’s target. There is no stopping even if you are at the top, you need to work as to be successful as there always be a person ahead of you or just behind you. There will be situations when everyone you care about might turn against you or might not understand your ideas. Even in those situations you should not lose hope and keep on working towards your goal.

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Re: Analysis of Jonathan Livingstone Seagull by Richard Bach

Post by mahak agarwal on Tue Dec 13, 2016 10:40 pm

1).Richard david was an American writer. He is a freedom living and enthusiastic person who always motivates people to make their own rule. He wrote several book with interesting lines.
One of his book is “Jonathan Livingston Seagull” which describe the hard work , dedication and determination of that bird in achieving the success, which inspires human being to make their own rules and regulation of life and live a life. a life of freedom, learn more and more from our mistakes to achieve our goal.

2). Jonathan Seagull is a story for one who knows that somewhere there’s a higher way of living than scuffing the tracks of others, someone who yearns to fly the way their own heart yearns to fly.He wanted to reach the biggest speed and fly as fast as possible. He pushed his limits every day but practicing complicated twists and turns. He separated himself from the flock and became a loner. He was passionate about flying high and high in the sky the group member do not fly more than 5 feet. All the gulls start with their day to search food this was their main aim, But Jonathan used to think beyond from this his motivate was to learn more and more and than achieve goal. This passion made him to travel far away to another world, that is heaven only for flying.but chiang who appreciated Jonathan for his hard work and he helped Jonathan to reach near to perfection as Chiang was the guru. Due to him Jonathan flew high in the sky beyond everyone could think off. And at last he taught every group member to fly high and learn more and more.

3) My most favorite character in this is senior seagull Chiang. He taught Jonathan the real life lessons, he also taught him the secrets to "perfect speed” is the key of heaven & happiness. He motivated him to achieve his goals.

4) you should not lose hope And keep on pursuing your goals Follow your dreams don’t give up.. believe in yourself.. hard work never fails our determination dedication towards our work will lead to success. Live your dream with passion. The story teaches me to fulfill my dreams even if there are lot of hurdles in the way to achieve it. Smile

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Re: Analysis of Jonathan Livingstone Seagull by Richard Bach

Post by kartikay tiwari 24 on Wed Dec 14, 2016 2:47 pm

1. Jonathan Livingstone Seagull” is a contemporary fairytale that relies on modern time themes. The story was written by Richard Bach in 1970. He is an American writer who is noted for his love of love of aviation.
The story is about the bird who believes to follow the dreams even when they go against the grain. The story is whole about making the most of the life you have been given. The writer uses the metaphor of seagulls flying to demonstrate that if we follow our dreams and achieve our dream goals, we too can soar. The book also helps us to step into our greatness.

2. The whole story is about a seagull. In the beginning of the story it describes how the main character; "Jonathon" lives with the other seagulls and how he is supposed to live by the rules of the flock. Jonathan Livingston Seagull flies through the air far above the rest of his flock. This fine seagull knows there is more about himself, and more to life, than what the rest of the flock sees. And at every opportunity, he seeks it out. The story Jonathan Livingston Seagull is telling us, the readers, to always push yourself toward achieving your goals. To make yourself a little bit better every single day and to never give up on yourself. Jonathan Livingston Seagull is a seagull who never really fit in with the others; he would be the one who was looked down upon in the flock. The seagull in this book became the best. He teaches others to fly fast and how to move and how to be themselves.

3. The main character which I like the most is Jonathan. He grows from a young seagull who tries to master flight to a wise sage who can bring other seagulls back to life. He learns about perfection, heaven, and learning itself. He learns to disappear and reappear in thin air. He learns from an Elder and he tries to teach the Flock. As a young gull, he is banished from the Flock for his desire to fly higher and faster than any other seagull. His dedication and hard work makes me to learn and live for my dream.

4. My learning’s from the book are:-
• Experiment until you get it.
• Know and master yourself
• Learn from your failure
• Never stops learning
• Dedication and hardworking
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Re: Analysis of Jonathan Livingstone Seagull by Richard Bach

Post by ankitsharma on Wed Dec 14, 2016 3:36 pm

Jonathan Livingston Seagull
By Richard Bach

A quote from the book:
Don’t believe what your eyes are telling
All they show is limitation. Look with your understanding
Find out what you already know and you will see the way of fly.



Some things in life can termed as small and some very small with regards to this book, I think it should be termed as miniscule, with regards to the number of pages that is. And that is very its minutiae ends, for it is a book which covers a quantum leap in terms of thought. Jonathan Livingston Seagull is the story of a ordinary seagull who fed up with the mundane life aims for the higher skies. He is mocked by his near and dear ones but his aspirations to fly higher and higher do not fade. He has to suffer initial boycott by other seagulls. He finds a “Guru” in Chiang another sea gull who dared to dream big and achieve it. Jonathan Livingston Seagull finally achieves the success he wished for and starts training the other ambitious sea gulls. The trend of dreaming big, achieving it and training the ambitious gulls continues. He then emphasizes on “working on love”, meaning forgiving the loved ones and helping the weak ones. The story ends with this moral. This book can be quite inspirational for all of you, who are preparing for competitive exams and have dreams of your own. There is a lot to learn from this book.

Some amazing quotes from the book:
• “If our friendship depends on things like space and time, then when we finally overcome space and time, we’ve destroyed our own brotherhood! But overcome space, and all we have left is Here. Overcome time, and all we have left is Now. And in the middle of Here and Now, don’t you think that we might see each other once or twice?”
• “You will begin to touch heaven, Jonathan, in the moment that you touch perfect speed. And that isn’t flying a thousand miles an hour, or a million, or flying at the speed of light. Because any number is a limit, and perfection doesn’t have limits. Perfect speed, my son, is being there.”
• “You have the freedom to be yourself, your true self, here and now, and nothing can stand in your way”

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Re: Analysis of Jonathan Livingstone Seagull by Richard Bach

Post by kshitiz agrawal on Wed Dec 14, 2016 6:18 pm


1) Few lines about the author and also explain the title
Richard Bach is one of the famous American Author. His books are mainly autobiographies inspired from his life events. He also worked as a technical writer for ‘Douglas Aircraft’ and a writer for the magazine ‘Flying’. Almost all his books used airplanes as a way to pass the message. Richard Bach has touched millions of people through his humor, wisdom and insight. Bach's books espouse his philosophy that our apparent physical limits and mortality are merely appearance
The title “Jonathan Livingston seagull” is basically young seagull's efforts to rise above the ordinary. In a flock where individuality is frowned upon, Jonathan finds himself a loner and an outcast.
2) A paragraph on the story/plot
Jonathan Livingston Seagull is a freethinking young gull , Seized by a passion for flight, he pushes himself, learning everything he can about flying, until finally his unwillingness to conform results in his expulsion The lessons that Jonathan learns in his travels reflect both a greater peace of mind and a freedom of flight enjoyed by other bird species. Opposed by everyone, including his own family, Jonathan experiments, often disastrously, until he figures out the dynamics of flight and practices its techniques to perfection. Ultimately, the very first of his students, Fletcher Lynd Seagull, becomes a teacher in his own right, and Jonathan leaves to teach other flocks. He believes it is every gull's right to fly, to reach the ultimate freedom of challenge and discovery, finding his greatest reward in teaching younger gulls the joy of flight and the power of dreams He was exiled from the flock for being a rebel. After being kicked out of the flock he meets the flock of seagulls who were as passionate about flying as he was. Where he reaches a higher plane of existence, where he studies with the elder gull Chiang, who teaches him the secrets to "perfect speed.
3) The character you liked the most and why?
The character I like the most is Chiang , Because he helped to fulfill the dreams of Gull and supported him & he also taught him the secrets to "perfect speed” is the key of heaven & happiness. He motivated him to achieve his goals.
4) Your takeaways/learnings :
Encourage others.
True to yourself
Never stop learning

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Re: Analysis of Jonathan Livingstone Seagull by Richard Bach

Post by Nikita Garg on Wed Dec 14, 2016 7:47 pm

Richard Bach is a famous American writer and a ex- pilot. He wrote many famous books and is author of three books on the mystique of flying. He is a enthusiastic person and has a quality of creating a burning desire within the readers through his books and to put their efforts in order to achieve one's goals.

"Jonathan Livingstone Seagull", title of the book is apt as the book talks about a seagull for whom flying is life itself and against all the odds and conventions of the seagull society, he seeks to find a higher purpose of living and want to be perfect at doing what he loves.

The story Jonathan Livingstone Seagull talks about a seagull named Jonathan, who was very different from other gulls of his flock. He was very passionate about flying high and making a record and learn new techniques of flying. For him, flying was not just a means of finding food for living. He was outcast from the gull society because of his passion of flying. but then also he continued his learning and always tried out new things. This portrays his passion and determination towards his goal.

The character I liked the most in the story is "Sullivan", a a friend of Jonathan. He met Jonathan in the middle of the journey of finding heaven i.e. near about perfection. Sullivan always supported him and encouraged him to achieve his goals with perfection.

This story taught me that if a person has a endless desire of achieving his/ her goals and fulfilling the dreams then nobody can stop him/ her. A person can achieve anything in life with strong will, endless desire and determination. "Nothing Is Impossible"

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