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Re: Analysis of Jonathan Livingstone Seagull by Richard Bach

Post by REEMA SHARMA on Wed Dec 14, 2016 8:11 pm

Richard Bach is well known American writer. He always want to bring a philosophical and real feel to his books and to the readers respecters. He is famous for his love of aviation. I can surely say that his words bring a sense of enchantment to readers which is very rarely observed.

The story basically deals with the seagulls and their lives. Generally seagulls learn to fly from their elders so as to fulfill their basic needs. But there was an exclusive member I.e. Jonathan , as he always wanted to do something extraordinary. He always try to learn and practice beyond what was taught. Due to this reason he started facing some conflicts in his family. He lived alone but then also because of his love and passion he fulfilled his ambitions. Not only he was able to reach his goals but he also helped others with similar zeal to reach such great heights At last he made everyone proud on him.

The character I liked the most is Jonathan, the star of the reason. The reason for liking him is that the things which he wants or practices in his life are very much relative. As I also had a similar desire of living my own dreams like a free bird. Also how is passion overpowered all the hurdles he came across enlightened me a lot.

The quality which stimulate me the most is that no matter if the whole world goes against you but if you have that courage and determination to do something then nobody could stop you. Various other traits which are helpful in achieving your dreams are passion, determination, consistency, will power and continues thing. The last and most important thing was that your dreams should come directly from your heart; it should not be based on what others want you to do.

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Re: Analysis of Jonathan Livingstone Seagull by Richard Bach

Post by ashi gupta on Wed Dec 14, 2016 8:24 pm

Richard Bach is the motivating author who has written the book "Jonathan Livingston Seagull". He has a very keen interest in writing books. Title of the book talks about the seagull named as Jonathan who is very determined and dedicated and is extraordinary creature who always explore for something more.

The story talks about the seagulls who have the perception that they live just for food and they are subjected to lot of limitations. Out of the flock, their was a seagull named Jonathan who always had a zeal to explore an to do something which can fade the wrong perception about them. Jonathan crawled step by step to reach his destination of perfection by crossing all the hurdles. When he reached his destination, he thought of depriving other seagulls from the limitations of living just for food and to make them learn to live freely like other birds. He got success in doing so and made the life of other seagulls interesting and free from limitations.

I liked Jonathan Seagull the most as he always had a spark for learning new things. He had the zeal and enthusiasm of making his life interesting by flying freely like other birds. He always learned from his failures and moved forward with determination.

My learning from the story are:-
1) Keep trying again and again, you will succeed.
2) One should never lose hope because of the hurdles that come in the path of success.
3) Their is always scope of improving , so instead of remaining stagnant at one position one should keep on putting efforts for achieving more.
4) More you share, more you learn.

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Re: Analysis of Jonathan Livingstone Seagull by Richard Bach

Post by sonali angelina samuel on Wed Dec 14, 2016 9:30 pm

Richard David Bach is an American writer. His books embrace his philosophy that the physical limits and mortality are merely appearance. His books are very influencing and inspiring as well. Richard Bach is known as the author of some hugely popular best-sellers, like Jonathan Livingston Seagull and Illusions: The Adventures of a Reluctant Messiah.
The story is about a seagull whose name is Jonathan Seagull who defies all the rules set by the other seagull to live a life of his own by his own rules. The seagull obsessed with pushing the limits of everything he knows about flying. Every day he tries to learn something new. He was rebellious in nature and the book is about his story of achieving his dream to fly. Therefore the name of the book is "Jonathan LIVINGSTON Seagull".
The story is about a Seagull who is very determined to experience new flying techniques and does not waste his time in search of food. His parents are disappointed and worried that their son is not eating enough. He keeps practicing and sets a world speed record for seagull. He learned how to do “the loop, the slow roll, the point roll, the inverted spin, the gull bunt, the pinwheel.” Jonathan meets two radiant, loving seagulls who take him to a "higher plane of existence", where he meets other gulls who love to fly. Unlike his own community bent only on food, here all the gulls enjoy flying. Jonathan becomes friends with the wisest gull in this new place, named Chiang, who explain to him that he has learned much, and teach him how to move instantaneously to anywhere in the universe.
Jonathan Seagull itself is the character I like the most as his passion for flying and his dedication towards it inspiring. Although his parents and other flock members don’t agree to him he still looks forward towards it. He’s brave and courageous as well.
The learnings and takeaways are:
1. One should listen to his heart.
2. One should not leave a path just because it is less travelled. It means if you desire to achieve something in life, you should not stop yourself only because no one or less people have done it before.
3. Always share the knowledge that you have with others. It will only help them, keeping knowledge to yourself is equal to wasting it.
4. It is not necessary that everyone will understand your passion or dream but, that does not mean you should not achieve it.


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Jonathan Livingstone Seagull by Richard Bach

Post by shubham gupta on Wed Dec 14, 2016 9:33 pm

Richard Bach is a well known American writer and also a motivating author who has written the book "Jonathan Livingstone Seagull". He is a very good writer and having a desire to motivate others to achive perfection.

The title of the book is very intresting and this book is full of adventures of seagulls and their lives. Jonathan was a seagull who always wanted to do something extraordinary in his life. He always want and practice beyond what he has taught by elders. As jonathan was really different from everyone so some conflict was happened between their families and he started to live alone. But he also started to move alone with time and started learning new things. He also help others who had a desire to do something in life and always their for support. His curiosity never stopped and at last he made everyone proud on him.

I liked Jonathan Seagull the most. He was really an intresting character. He had a vision to be different from everyone and live like a free bird. He always learned from his failure and worh hard to achive his target.

My learning from this book is that :-
● Work hard and stay positive.
● Keep learning new things in life.
● Be different from others and stick to your dreams.
● Never loose hope because of hurdels because one day you will achieve success.
● Belive in yourself... one day others also belives you.

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Re: Analysis of Jonathan Livingstone Seagull by Richard Bach

Post by sanadul islam on Wed Dec 14, 2016 9:41 pm

1.) Richard David Bach is a very good author. He is an American writer. He is known for his one of the best book i.e. Jonathan Livingstone Seagull that was published in 1970. As the title suggested that how a bird is dream to fly high even knew the fact that he cannot fly high but he try and show his courage to full fill his dream.

2.) It is the story of a seagull whose name is Jonathan Livingstone Seagull. He could never fit in with the other seagulls. His primary goal wasn’t to fly every day in search of fishermen leftovers. 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 not interested in the flock and hanging out with the seagulls. He was never satisfied with himself and always wanted to improve his flying so he practiced every day. Soon he broke the world record.

3.) The character which I like the most is Jonathan Livingstone Seagull himself. Because he taught us to break all the limitation which is become hurdles in getting and full fills our dreams. He taught us that always live your dream and never give up.

4.)  Learning from this book-
1. Never give up.
2. Have faith and trust yourself.
3. Always follow your dreams.
4. Keep learning every time.

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Re: Analysis of Jonathan Livingstone Seagull by Richard Bach

Post by kshipra on Wed Dec 14, 2016 9:44 pm

FEW LINES ABOUT THE AUTHOR AND THE TITLE:-

Richard David Bach (born June 23, 1936)[1] is an American writer. Bach is widely known as the author of some hugely popular 1970s best-sellers, including Jonathan Livingston Seagull (1970) and Illusions: The Adventures of a Reluctant Messiah (1977). Bach has authored numerous works of fiction and non-fiction, including One (1989) and Out of My Mind (1999).
Jonathan Livingston Seagull, written by Richard Bach, is a novel about a seagull learning about life and flight, and a homily about self-perfection. It was first published in 1970 as "Jonathan Livingston Seagull — a story." By the end of 1972, over a million copies were in print, Reader's Digest had published a condensed version, and the book had reached the top of the New York Times Best Seller list, where it remained for 38 weeks. In 1972 and 1973, the book topped the Publishers Weekly list of bestselling novels in the United States. In 2014 the book was reissued as Jonathan Livingston Seagull: The Complete Edition, which added a 17-page fourth part to the story.

A PARAGRAPH ON THE STORY:-

Jonathan Livingston Seagull is concerned with a 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.
After performing feats of tremendous courage and skill, Jonathan is expelled from the flock. This gives him the freedom to develop his skills, and in so doing he reaches a higher plane of achievement, a heaven of sorts. The lessons that Jonathan learns in his travels reflect both a greater peace of mind and a freedom to be himself. Jonathan continues the cycle, by returning to the flock and teaching its ambitious members the lessons that he has learned from Sullivan Seagull and Chiang, the Elder Gull.

THE CHARACTER I LIKED THE MOST AND WHY:-

The character I liked the most is Jonathan, the title character in the story, because he represented  the individualistic human desiring to fulfill his personal search for perfection in the area that is important to him. For Jonathan, that field of endeavor was learning how to fly, in the ultimate sense of the act. Being rejected as Outcast from the Flock was not a concern; the important thing was continuing the search for knowledge about the science and application of advanced flight, as shaped by the body of a seagull.

TAKEAWAYS/LEARNINGS FROM THE BOOK:-

“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.”

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Re: Analysis of Jonathan Livingstone Seagull by Richard Bach

Post by nikita0831 on Wed Dec 14, 2016 9:58 pm

1. Richard Bach is an American writer who has a very keen interest in writing and was very passionate about it. He was the author of many books but his best selling book in 1970’s was “Jonathan Livingstone Seagull”. The title of the book is very apt , as it itself shows by the word livingstone that there is no limit of learning. One can achieve anything by his/her hardwork and determination.

2. The story is about a gull named Jonathan who was very different from other seagulls , like for others  it was the food that mattered but for jonathan it was flying that mattered. Basically the story is about the gull who aims to fly high and to chase his dreams he had to move out of his flock. Than he meet two seagulls who were equally passionate about flying as he was. After that he met the elder gull Chiang who taught him more about the flying speed. Than he went back to his flock to inspire them and to teach them whatever he has learned.

3. The character I liked the most is Jonathan itself because he never catch hold of his dreams .i.e. even after so many hurdles in his ways he continued to live for his dreams . He was goal oriented and can do anything to achieve them.

4. My takeaways from this book is one should never stop learning , even if you are not getting something in one take , you will get it eventually ,so one should never loose hope and keep learning. There will be times when there will be no one standing with you but you have to do it alone and keep on working to achieve your goals.

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Re: Analysis of Jonathan Livingstone Seagull by Richard Bach

Post by Neha Choudhary on Wed Dec 14, 2016 10:05 pm

1. Jonathan Livingston Seagull is written by Richard Bach, an american author who has authored numerous works of fiction and non-fiction. The book had reached the top of the New York Times best seller list and remained for 38 weeks. Most of his books have fictionalized events from his life to illustrate his philosophy.The title of the book is very apt as the book takes us to the  the journey of the seagull named as Johnathan who is passionate about flying and wanted to achieve what he desired to do by pushing his limitations.
2. The story is about Jonathan who always wanted to fly faster unlike the other gulls in flock who had clashes for food each day. They were more concerned about having food with them then any other thing but Jonathan was different he never liked being with them as he was frustrated with the same monotonous life.He again starts practicing flying keeping all other things aside due to which he gets disowned from the flock after which he finds a place which is a termed as heaven in the book but is a higher level of existence where he learns even more. He teaches other gulls flying and points them towards a right direction and tells them to learn through their own commitments to move higher in life.
3. The character I like the most is Jonathan as he tried every effort to achieve what he wanted he loved flying so he pushed his limits to do the same and I loved the line when he says to his students that " everything that limits us we have to put aside " as well as he says "break the chain of your thought and you break the chains of your body". He teaches that we should come out of our comfort zone as we always underestimate our own self and judge that we cannot do something just because we do not give our best to it.
4. The book taught that we should not limit ourselves with  our own thoughts that we could not do something just because someone think we can't do it or due to our lack of confidence there is nothing which we cant achieve if we have a strong will of doing it. As Jonathan says "you have the freedom to be yourself,your true self, here and now and nothing can stand in your way". These lines inspires that we can achieve whatever we desire if we stay true towards our own self and nothing is impossible we can fulfill all our dreams.


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Re: Analysis of Jonathan Livingstone Seagull by Richard Bach

Post by Ankita Garg on Wed Dec 14, 2016 10:06 pm

Richard Bach is an American Author and a pilot who have written 3 other books about flying because of his passion for flying. It will be correct to say that Richard Bach have magic in his writing. He explained the concept of believing in your dreams and self-perfection by breaking the worldly barriers in a beautiful way. His story told us that by practice one can achieve anything and should have the burning need to learn. Jonathan Livingston Seagull is considered as one-in-a-million seagull.

The title ‘Jonathan Livingston Seagull’ is completely justified because Jonathan is the main character who is used to impart us in-depth knowledge and life lessons of breaking free from walls, forgiveness etc.

The story revolves around a seagull, Jonathan who is not content with the seagull’s life of just learning about how to eat and survive. He wants to learn how to fly that too at high speed. But when his flock sees this and considers him a traitor breaking their law thus declaring him an outcast. After being casted out of his flock though he feels lonely but decided to devote his full time to learning. He achieved great success by trial and error method. Then he meets two other gulls who are just as fast as him and they took him beyond the sky which he considered at that time was heaven to learn more and more. His elder and instructor taught him many things and he leant that by believing in yourself and perfection, not being bounded by time and place, one can achieve unthinkable. Then he decided to go back to Earth to help others outcasts like him. Gradually he got eight students and they all decided to go back to the flock to show them about the joy of flying.

The character I liked the most is Jonathan Livingston Seagull itself because he was a seagull who decided to go with his obsession, his passion by pushing his limits. He had a thirst for learning which in itself is the greatest power and the ability to never give up is something everyone should have in them. Even later on it was his determination that made others believes in themselves. He was a great student and even better mentor.

This book taught me a lot of things. First thing is that if we set our heart to something then by endless efforts and determination in our selves we can achieve anything. It is also necessary to face reality and listen to your inner self; otherwise we’ll never be able to break our walls. Another thing which I leant is that we should never let others dictate our boundaries or set limitation. We should have enough will power to overcome these hurdles and learn from our failures. But the most important learning is to believe in the power of kindness and love, in the power of your passion.

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Re: Analysis of Jonathan Livingstone Seagull by Richard Bach

Post by Sunali-pgfb1656 on Wed Dec 14, 2016 10:09 pm

JONATHAN LIVINGSTON SEAGULL
Dream it ! Believe it ! Achieve it!
About the author:-
Richard David bach was born on June 23 ,1936 is an American writer. He is widely known as the author of some hugely popular 1970s best seller in which Jonathan Livingstone seagull is one of the best bookBach has authored numerous works of fiction and non-fiction.
Jonathan Livingstone seagull is one of the invigorate, motivating book. The book's tell the story of young seagull with big dreams , who wants to fly at amazing speeds to reach a higher plane of crown.

In 1st part of the story the writer describe about the fine morning where all the gull were fighting for breakfast behind the fishing boat. Jonathan is trying and practicing flying on a curve. Jonathan's love to fly ,he set apart from other gull's and even from his parents. they are disappointed that there son spends hour alone each day practicing various aspects of flight and he knows this strong interest with flying separate him from others. His father used to tell him he use to learn how to get food. He reminds him that the only reasons seagull fly is to eat. but he never want to fight for food like other gull's he always want to fly . Jonathan have zeal to explore to do something who thinks food is the only thing for them.
Jonathan never give up he continues experimenting and learning. At eight thousand feet, he tries moving his wing feathers slightly and becomes the first seagull to fly aerobatics. Moving a single feather, he discovers, is enough to turn him even at high speeds.
In the second part he reaches to his destiny but still disappointed that there should not be any limit of flying. So this was the spirit of the Jonathan to never stop . He want to discover a new way of living from others and at the end he proved himself that flying for the food is not a destination. Though he fails many time got many hurdles in his life but never give up every time he learned something new from his failure.i f u are not making mistakes then your not doing anything because the man how has no imagination has no wings.

The character I like the most is Jonathan because he motivated him self and never give up .He wants to experience the freedom of flight enjoyed by other bird species. At a very young age he thinks to do something different from other. He him self set his own destiny .Jonathan serves as an inspiration to anyone who wants to succeed beyond the limitations .
The take away from this story is:
*Never give up.
*There are so many to pull you back .
*Always learn from your failure as failure is the key of success .
* Feel free to learn new things .
At last I would like to conclude that "Nothing more fun than doing what people say you can't do.


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Re: Analysis of Jonathan Livingstone Seagull by Richard Bach

Post by Ritika on Wed Dec 14, 2016 10:13 pm

1) Jonathan Livingston Seagull is written by Richard Bach, who is a very famous writer of America. The title of the book is very much relevant to the story as in this story Jonathan is a bird who is very inspiring to other. This book clearly talks about to think beyond your limit and give your best to achieve that.

2) The story is about Jonathan living seagull who don’t want to limit himself for searching for food every day. He wants to do something new which others have not done. He wants to fly beyond his limit and he was also very passionate for doing this. Finally, his dream of flying tremendously was fulfilled. There was a character Chiang who played a very important role in Jonathan’s life because he was the person who motivated him at every point to achieve his dream.

3) The character I like the most is Jonathan itself. The reason behind this is he was very passionate towards his dream. Chiang motivated him but until and unless you don’t do hard work you won’t be able to achieve your dreams. It is only you who can believe on yourself.
“SELF MOTIVATION IS THE DRIVING FORCE BEHIND SUCCESS”.

4) My learning from this book: -
• Hard work
• Self-believe
• Determination
• Passion
• Motivating others
• Think & achieve


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Re: Analysis of Jonathan Livingstone Seagull by Richard Bach

Post by Vartika Shukla on Wed Dec 14, 2016 10:46 pm

Richard David Bach is an american writer , known for some of his hugely popular 1970s best-seller , including JONATHAN LIVINGSTON SEAGULL .Most of his books have semi-auto-biographical , using actual events from his life to illustrate philosophy.

"Stay focused , go after your dreams and keep moving towards your goals " for me this this story is all about this line. It tells about the ones who follow their dreams and their own rules. Its a great inspirational story from which one should learn to be aim-full in life.The book tells about a seagull who is bored with his daily routine of life . For him his life was running meaningless . The bird was very passionate about flying and trying all sorts of flights .He loves to do experiments with his flights with full of adventure enjoyment.But due to conformity of limit to a seagull"s life which him down always. Story clearly shows that we should never stop learning whatever the situation is. Seagull due to his society faced some difficulty but then with the help of his teacher he finally got opportunity to run on the field of his dreams.Seagull is a "gull" of Freedom which is transparently proved by Jon seagull.


Title itself says the hardwork of seagull and enthusiasm of always trying new things and take risk in life to achieve your goals.
Young seagull with his big ambition, pushes himself to fly a tremendous speed , eventually reaching a higher plane of perfection. He was full of determination and get his dreams in his hands by reaching at its peak.

Jon(Jonathan seagull) is the only highlight of the full story and he is my favorite character because of his free thinking mind. He wants to experience the freedom of flight enjoyed by other species . He is the most inspiring character and a "shining star" of the story.He served as a inspiration to one who wants succeed beyond the limitations opposed on. As a young gull he was banished from his flocks to fly higher and faster than any other seagull.

My learning from the story is that we should act like a warrior inspite of infinite hurdles of life to catch our dreams.We can trust ourself when all men doubt but allowance of their doubting too..We should explore our expertise and should get perfect in that area.Smile

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Re: Analysis of Jonathan Livingstone Seagull by Richard Bach

Post by Mohini Choudhary on Wed Dec 14, 2016 10:49 pm

About the Author and Title

Richard David Bach (born June 23, 1936) is an American writer. Richard Bach was a tactical fighter pilot, a motion picture stunt pilot, and flight instructor before becoming one of the world’s bestselling authors. Richard Bach is widely known as the author of some hugely popular 1970s best-sellers, including Jonathan Livingston Seagull (1970) and Illusions: The Adventures of a Reluctant Messiah (1977). Bach has authored numerous works of fiction and non-fiction, including One (1989) and Out of My Mind (1999).
Jonathan Livingston Seagull title convey the message of living your dreams and passions. We aren't born to live the life of another person. Everyone is special in its own way.

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This is the story of a seagull named Jonathan Livingston Seagull. He is not an ordinary seagull like other seagull for whom it is not flying that matters, but eating. But for Jonathan Livingston Seagull, it was not eating that mattered, but flight. Jonathan Livingston Seagull loved to fly. There are three parts. In first part Jonathan Livingston Seagull despite warnings from his society, warnings from his family he flies and achieves the highest speed ever flown at by any seagull which also proved that the gulls now could learn flying. The flock, however, turns a blind eye to him and banishes him. In second part Jonathan Livingston Seagull reaches a higher plane of existence, where he studies with the elder gull Chiang, who teaches him the secrets to perfect speed. Chiang explained him “Heaven is not a place and it is not a time. Heaven is being perfect”. In three part Jonathan Livingston Seagull returns to his flock to teach them what he has learned. This is an inspirational story. Anyone can learn a lot from this story.

The character I liked the most is Jonathan Livingston Seagull because he was very hardworking and passionate about what he wants to do. He was focused to his goal and could not care what other gulls were thinking about him. He wanted to live his life on his conditions. And the best thing about Jonathan Livingston Seagull was his never giving up attitude.

My takeaways/learning from the story are

• Never give up whatever may be the situation
• There is no limit of dream but people who follow their dreams and heart face problems   and should fight in life to get something of your own
• Learning is continuous process and we should learn from our mistake


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Re: Analysis of Jonathan Livingstone Seagull by Richard Bach

Post by salonimaheshwari31 on Wed Dec 14, 2016 10:50 pm

1. The author Richard David Bach is an American writer and has contributed a lot in the writing world. From his school days he has keen interest in writing so he followed his passion and succeed. Some of his books were best sellers including Jonathan Livingston Seagull.
Something I can say about him after reading this book is that he has great passion for his work. This book contains fewer than 10000 words yet broke all sale records which is an example of his excellence and love for work, it shows that how beautifully and concisely he can attract, involve, and motivate his readers. This book also shows his interest in philosophy.

The title of the book is Jonathan Livingstone Seagull which is the name of the main character of the story. It is wisely given by the author as the word Livingston signifies an American revolutionary leader and the main character of this book also played the role of a revolutionary leader for other gulls.

2. Jonathan Livingstone Seagull is a story which talks about a seagull that flew for his love of flying rather than merely to get the food. This gull was highly determined and curious for learning and achieving perfection. The other gulls out casted him just because of his this curiosity of learning and love for flying as for them flying was required merely to catch food. Jonathan was very disappointed with this but still he never stopped learning and excelled in flying. The other character like Chiang and Sullivan also played an important role in Jonathan’s life. Chiang taught him various techniques of flying high and fast, he was the guru and Sullivan proved a very good friend. The most important part was that Jonathan’s excellence was not the end; he shared his learning with other gulls and guided them to the path of excellence, love and freedom.

3. The character I liked the most in this story was Jonathan itself and the reason is that this character inspired me to be passionate for my goals. I liked his determination, hard work, never giving up, and positive attitude.

4. My take away from this book is that our apparent physical limits and mortality are merely appearance. Boredom, fear, and anger makes our life short. When we are surrounded with difficulties we should dare to find some hope and keep working. Our positive thoughts and willpower can make us lift ourselves out of ignorance, and we can find ourselves as creatures of excellence and intelligence and skill, nothing can stop us from growing.

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Re: Analysis of Jonathan Livingstone Seagull by Richard Bach

Post by indira kushwaha on Wed Dec 14, 2016 10:53 pm

1 Richard David Bach is an American writer who was born on June 23, 1936. He was born in oak park, U.S. Richard is the famous writer and very kind person with lot of zeal of writing in him. He has wrote many famous books one of them is “Jonathan Livingston Seagull”.
The book title itself tell us many meanings of life. From the title we got to know how the bird want to fly high and high who has been asked not to fly so high but still dare to do it and search for his happiness. It says that flying is not just for food flying is life itself. Very Happy Very Happy

2  The story is about a bird name Jonathan who wanted to fly high in his life. He lives near the sea and was restricted not to go high in the sky but he broke all the restrictions and fear and fly high and high everyday he set a target for himself and achieve it and next day set the higher target. He was different from others as other use to fly for food but Jonathan himself feels that flying is life itself. He wanted to fly from one place to another he wanted to live life in different way, he was asked to fly nearby sea and hunt for fishes for food but he never wanted to live only for food he wanted to adventure new things in life. He felt that he was just living but when he made a decision to fly high and high he was not just living he was actually very happy. He did what he wanted to do. He made his aim and achived it. He was odd one from the crowd. When he himself learned to fly and came back then he encouraged the other bird to fly and feel the happiness of life.

3. I like Jonathan and Chiang the most amazing character in the story. I liked Jonathan because of his desire and enthusiasm to do what he wanted. He never stopped himself to dream and he dreamed and  make his dream come true. He worked on the things the interest he has he was a fearless seagull who not only made his dream come true but after returning he also helped and motivated other seagull to fly and feel the magic of life and Chiang because he helped Jonathan to fly to stand on his own to know what are the abilities he has. He taught him the perfect way to fly.

4.My take away from the books are:-
-Never give up on the things which you really want in your life;
-Stop thinking and start doing;
-Help others, encourage others, motivate others;
-Every day is a new day start with the beginning and go on and on;
-Hardwork is the key to success. Smile Smile

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Re: Analysis of Jonathan Livingstone Seagull by Richard Bach

Post by rakshita jain on Wed Dec 14, 2016 10:55 pm

1.Richard David Bach is an American writer. He is also known for his love of flying. Bach’s books were mostly related to flying in some way. Aviation had always been his passion but his teachers at school made him realize his talent for writing. So he decided to incorporate his love and talent in the form of his book.
In this book, he  by  giving a example of seagull for the readers and tried to motivate them.
Some words of him that can surely touch everyone’s heart while reading and make everyone mind to think about it :-
To fly as fast as thought, you must begin by knowing that you have already arrived.
If your happiness depends on what somebody else does, I guess you do have a problem.

2.I read this book and it was great and life changing. This story is about a unique bird named bird named Jonathan Livingston Seagull and for him flight is mattered rather than eating like other bird. In this author speaks about freedom, that it is the very important thing. At the beginning of the book, while the Flock is flying around a fishing boat trying to get little pieces of food, Jonathan is flying all by himself, adjusting his beak, body, and wings to learn how to fly as high and as fast as possible. I learn from Jonathan the price which must be paid for excellence. Excellence requires leaving the flock, being alone, and practicing and the practice requires "fierce concentration." He was never satisfied with himself and always wanted to improve his flying so he practiced every day. Soon he broke the world record and flew 165 km/h.
This book also teaches us lesson on how to live in the present and how important passion is to anyone who wishes to be truly alive.
3.I like the character of Jill in this book as he is always loves adventure and enjoy meeting new people . I m also liking the character of Chiang serves  as a methaphor of God teaching Jonathan lesson that include not to stop seeing himself trapped inside a limited body.
4.From this I get one thing very clearly that find the solution of problem not to be rather remain in problem, nothing is impossible if we set our target to achieve it and try to believe in yourself. Never give up in life always accept the challenges and try to put your all effort while solving the issues.

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Re: Analysis of Jonathan Livingstone Seagull by Richard Bach

Post by Megha Dhyani on Wed Dec 14, 2016 10:56 pm

1. Few lines about the author and also explain the title.
Richard Bach is the author of the book "Jonathan Livingston Seagull".Richard Bach is an American writer.Richard Bach served in the U.S Navy Reserve,then in the New Jersey as air national guards & that's why most of the Bach books involve flight in some way.Richard Bach is an avid writer and also he wrote many fiction & non-fiction Books like "Jonathan Livingston Seagull(1970), Nothing By Chance(1990), Stranger to the ground(1990), Illusions:The Adventures of a reluctant Messiah(1977), Out of my mind" ,etc. Most of Bach's books have been semi-autobiographical, using actual or fictionalized events from his life to illustrate his philosophy.

The title "Jonathan Livingston seagull" is basically means:
Jonathan Livingston- is the name of the bird.
Seagull- means a bird that lives near the sea and has short legs,long wings and white & grey feathers.

2.A paragraph on the story/plot
Jonathan livingston seagull is a short story or a short novel.The story talks about a seagull named jonathan who has an in-built
capacity of flying high.The story was divided into 3 parts:

First Part: Describes will power,determination,Patience,curiosity of seagull to fly high i.e. 1000 feet with full power drive.
Second Part: tells how jonathan met with other gulls & also his learning from his teacher(Chiang).
Third Part: talks about teaching to other gulls(others gulls who have a curiosity to fly high like jonathan).

Jonathan was very much different from the other gulls.Most of the gulls don't bother to learn more than the simplest facts of flight- how to get from shore to food & back again.for most gulls it is not flying that matters,but eating.For jonathan it was not eating that matter but flight.He was very passionate about flying high.

One must hold the "Perseverance attitude" to reach towards their goal.When you have an goal,you owe it to yourself to achieve it.There are lot of obstacles in your path.Don't let any of these obstacles defeat you rather defeat the obstacles.

3.The character you liked the most and why?
The character which I like the most is Jonathan itself.Because i am mesmerized by the way this character has been defined by the author.In one go without break i have read this whole book.how a young seagull grows from beginner and attain a mastery in flying.His dedication and hard work makes me to learn and live for my dream.

4.Your takeaways/learnings (elaborate)
My learning From the book is:

1)Achieving your goal is never ever be an easy journey.If it were easy,we all have achieved it without much of difficulties facing in our path.One of the key to success is Perseverance without any doubt.
For e.g. During my graduation i am very much afraid of Programming language.Whenever the name come of programming I ran away like anything.One day i thought of i have to study the programming language for 4 years,i tried to understand the programming language and it is not that much difficult.
So,"When you think you can,you will.When you think you can't,you won't".


2.)Have Goal, Purpose and Vision in Your Life:
Keep moving on the path of your dreams and see what others can’t see. They are limited with their vision. You are not!
“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.”

3.)Know your trueself
Knowing yourself & having organized thoughts can improve your perseverance.When you know where you are going & the steps required to get you there,
that's half the battle.Know the true ins and outs of what you want & exactly why you want it.And also you have to put your efforts & do the hard work towards your goal accomplishment because one can only guide you.

4.)Move on, Even When Others Say You are Wrong.

And atlast this book inspires me to follow my dreams beyond all odds.


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Re: Analysis of Jonathan Livingstone Seagull by Richard Bach

Post by mayank khatri on Wed Dec 14, 2016 11:09 pm

1.The book is written by Richard Bach, an american author who has touched millions of people through his humor, wisdom and insight. With over 60 millions of copies sold Richard remains one of the world's most beloved author. The title is very much relevant as it is the story of Jonathan who loves flying and pushes his limitations to learn more and more each day.

2.The whole story is about Jonathan, a seagull who was passionate about flying and was not like the other gulls who squabbled over food each day. He never enjoyed being with other gulls and searching food but always was keen to learn new flying skills.Due to his lack of conformity in the seagull life the flock members exile him and caste him out of the society and then he moves to a society where all gulls enjoys flying after which he realize that if he remains true to himself he could achieve all his dreams after which he returns with the old flock to share his ideas .This emphasizes that we easily give up on our dreams without even trying.


3. The character I like the most is Jonathan as being exiled by the flock he does not gives up rather improve himself even more that he gets the opportunity to teach other as well as the flock members accept him and he returns back with them so that he can share his learning and new ideas with the flock which also shows that he forgives them inspite of the treatment he gets which shows about his generosity and refusal of any grudges.


4. The story taught that no matter how hard the circumstances get if we are passionate about something we can definitely achieve it by our strong will and by pushing our limitations and thoughts that we are unable to do this or this is difficult for me, Jonathan teaches that being different from other gulls having different dreams and attitude he was successful in what he wanted even after getting disowned by the flock so it is important to understand to think beyond our mind. As it is rightly quoted in the book " 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 ashishgupta on Wed Dec 14, 2016 11:19 pm

Richard Bach, famous for his best-sellers like Jonathan Livingston Seagull, Illusions: The Adventures of a Reluctant Messiah, Nothing by Chance etc is a famous American author. His books are highly motivational and inspire the readers to achieve their dreams and goals.
The name/title of the book is Jonathan Livingston Seagull is very apt as it is a story of a seagull who tries to live his life on his own norms and does not agrees to follow the rules which are made and followed by the other seagulls of his flock. Hence Jonathan seagull is living his life to achieve his dream.
The story is of a seagull whose name is Jonathan Seagull who is different from his flock as he is very passionate about flying. Other seagulls of his flock only care about “eating” whereas Jonathan is least interested in search of food and therefore has lost weight.His parents begged him to join the flock again and try to live with the other seagulls. He wanted to please them but he did not feel happy with that kind of life. He was not interested in the flock and hanging out with the seagulls.He keeps trying new ways of flying and tries to achieve new set of goals in flying. He then meets two seagulls who take him to meet other seagulls who loves to fly and there Jonathan Becomes friend with a wisest seagull name Chiang whoexplains to him that he has learned much, and teach him how to move instantaneously to anywhere in the universe.Jonathan returns to Earth to find others like him, to bring them his learning and to spread his love for flight. His mission is successful, gathering around him others who have also been outlawed for not conforming.
Teachings from this book were:
a. One should not always follow customs but should follow his inner desire of gathering more knowledge and skills.
b. One should rise above the ignorance. Here other seagulls were ignorant of the ability to fly high but Jonathan Seagull tried his level best to learn how to fly.
c. One should always be courageous and persistent.
d. The ability to forgive those who did wrong.



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Re: Analysis of Jonathan Livingstone Seagull by Richard Bach

Post by priyanka3004 on Wed Dec 14, 2016 11:21 pm

“You're never given a dream without also being given the power to make it true.” This single line describe the whole book.
i) Richard David Bach, born on 23rd of June 1936 & born in Oak Park in Illinois. He was also known for his love of flying. Bach’s books were mostly related to flying in some way. Even the “JONATHAN LIVINGSTONE SEAGULL” this title describe that, the story means it is about a seagull who wants fly high and be inspired and also inspire other seagulls to fly.
ii) This book  tells the story of a young seagull with big ambitions. Jonathan Seagull pushes himself to fly at tremendous speeds, eventually reaching a higher plane of perfection most seagulls only care about one thing—eating. Jonathan is not an ordinary seagull, though, and above all else he cares about flying. Jonathan’s love of flying sets him apart from the other gulls and even from his parents. He always use to think that how the other birds can fly high and he cannot. After trying a lot and by learning diff technique he achieved whatever he wanted and on the way of learning he also got the help of his guru chiang. After learning and flying very high in the sky ,Later, he returns to his flock to teach the ambitious among other seagull what he knows.
iii) I liked Jonathan’s character the most. Jonathan, the title character in the story, represents the individualistic human desiring to fulfill his personal search for perfection in the area that is important to him. For most gulls, it is not flying that matters, but eating. But for Jonathan, it was not eating that mattered, but flight. More than anything else, Jonathan Livingston Seagull loved to fly. The important thing was continuing the search for knowledge about the science and application of advanced flight, as shaped by the body of a seagull. The thing which I most liked about the Jonathan is, even though Jonathan was being rejected most of the time and failed even got demotivated by everyone but he never done give up. He kept trying and finally he got succeed.
iv) my takeaways....
1. You won’t know if you don’t try – Weather it is about flying or about life if we will not try to know our capacity then we will never get to know that what we can do or not, so we should always keep trying.
2. Never stop learning and practicing and striving to understand more of the perfect,   invincible principle of all life.
3. Look with understanding, find out what you already know, and you’ll see the way to fly.
4. Believe in yourself

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Re: Analysis of Jonathan Livingstone Seagull by Richard Bach

Post by AYUSHI MISHRA on Wed Dec 14, 2016 11:33 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,

1) 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. The author 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.
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.

2) Jonathan Livingston Seagull is  about the journey taken by a special Seagull,who wants to be able to fly faster and higher than any other seagull. This journey becomes spiritual when Jonathan is banished from his Flock because he tries to be different, flying high and fast while the Flock sticks to the beaches and the fishing boats.  To me Jonathan Livingston Seagull is the embodiment of living beyond your surroundings, of surpassing your limitations and turning them into your strengths. Like Jonathan realizes, if you were meant to fly, you'd have a falcon's short wings.

3) The character I most is Jonathan 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) Learning from the story:

*Find our inner strength and to utilise it in getting our dream to be true.

*Never give up, and be confident in what you do. There may be tough times, but the    difficulties which you face will make you more determined to achieve your objectives and to win against all the odds.

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Re: Analysis of Jonathan Livingstone Seagull by Richard Bach

Post by abhik on Wed Dec 14, 2016 11:37 pm

Richard David Bach is an American writer. Bach is widely known as the author of some hugely popular 1970s best-sellers, including Jonathan Livingston Seagull and Illusions: The Adventures of a Reluctant Messiah

Jonathan Livingston Seagull, written by Richard Bach, is a fable in novella form about a seagull learning about life and flight, and a homily about self-perfection.

The book tells the story of Jonathan Livingston Seagull, a seagull who is bored with daily squabbles over food. 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. An outcast, he continues to learn, becoming increasingly pleased with his abilities as he leads a peaceful and happy life.

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."

Never give up is the first thing that i learnt from this story. One should never stop learning and always be true to yourself. Dedication and hardwork always leads to success.


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Re: Analysis of Jonathan Livingstone Seagull by Richard Bach

Post by prachi gupta on Wed Dec 14, 2016 11:42 pm

(1.) Richard bach is an american writer and has written many famous books like Jonthan livingston seagull, illusions ,out of my mind and many more.His books are highly motivational for readers and inspire them to do what they love to do.He has a strong passion for flying and the same is reflected in his books also.
The title "Jonathan livingston seagull" is suitable in the way the whole story rotates around this central character and his journey of life.With the help of this the author has tried to highlight the inner voice that exists within us all.He has motivated readers to gain perfection in what they love to do and never stop learning.

(2.) The story is about the life of a seagull named Jonathan who unlike his fellow gulls thinks life is more than just finding food and living long as possible.He wanted to fly better as he can,wanted to learn new skills in flying and experience new things.He thinks there is more to life than just following the fixed conventions.But this was not accepted by the flock and he was outcasted from the society.But then also he didn't stopped learning and learnt many new techniques from other two great gulls.With them he learnt how to get perfection and many new ideas.After gaining so many skills,he thought of going back to earth to teach the same other gull might be struggling for.

(3.) The one character that i liked most is Chiang who helped Jonathan learn new techniques.He not only helped him in flying but also taught many important life lessons.He was the perfect teacher for him.

Also there is one line that i liked very much - "we choose our next world through what we learn in this one".

(4.) My learning
With the help of this book i learnt
-We should not stop following our dreams whatever others may feel.
-Have faith on yourself and be focused.
-Perseverance always leads to success.
-Helping others in any way possible.
-Never stop learning.


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Re: Analysis of Jonathan Livingstone Seagull by Richard Bach

Post by sadashiv on Wed Dec 14, 2016 11:42 pm

1)Richard David Bach is an American writer and David was born on 23rd June 1936. Bach is widely known as the author of some hugely popular 1970s best-sellers, including "Jonathan Livingston Seagull" (1970) and Illusions - "The Adventures of a Reluctant Messiah" (1977). Bach has authored numerous works of fiction and non-fiction, including "One" (1989) and "Out of My Mind" (1999).

Richard Bach served in the United States Navy and the New Jersey Air National Guards fighter wing. Bach’s books is mostly related to flying in some way. Aviation had always been his passion but his teachers at school made him realize his talent for writing & he came with title"Jonathan Livingston Seagull" So he decided to incorporate his love and talent in the form of his books. This book was about a seagull that flew for his love of flying rather than searching for food. The book was published by Macmillan Publishers. "Jonathan Livingston Seagull" had some amazing pictures of seagulls flying.
2) Book talks about Jonathan who 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. He's banished because of this. Jonathan reaches a higher plane of existence, where he studies with the elder gull Chiang, who teaches him the secrets to "perfect speed" and Jonathan returns to his flock to teach them what he has learned.
3) The character is "Sullivan" Smile , A friend of Jonathan who met in the middle of the journey to finding heaven. The support Sullivan given to Jonathan to achieve his aim/target/goal was crucial.
4) Learning from story-
a) "You can achieve anything"
b) "Nothing is impossible"
c) "Keep learning" & become master
d) Be yourself and "keep experimenting"
e) Keep 'encouraging' and 'supporting' others Smile

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Re: Analysis of Jonathan Livingstone Seagull by Richard Bach

Post by Karishma kedia on Wed Dec 14, 2016 11:45 pm

Few lines about the author and also explain the title:

 Richard David Bach is an American writer. He is an inspiring and motivational author. He is well known for his fiction and non-fiction stories. In 1970, he wrote a book “Jonathan Livingston Seagull” a story about an independent bird that flew for the love of flying rather than merely to catch food.


A paragraph on the story:

This story is about a seagull, Jonathan Seagull who desires to fly higher than a seagull has ever flown. He was also outcast by his flock but he did not give up and learned everyday something new. He also motivated other seagulls to fly instead of spending their days looking for scraps of food. Finally he got what he wanted in his life that is heaven or near to perfect flying.

The character you liked the most and why:

I liked Jonathan Seagull, the main character of the story. He was an independent bird who pushed himself towards all the boundaries to achieve what he desired and dreamt for. Every day he tried to learn something new and work hard to achieve that. There was a time when nobody supported him but still he did not give up. So he is the actual hero.

Your takeaways and learning’s:

         “Heaven is not a place, and it's not a time. Heaven is being perfect.”
Be true to yourself and surely you will fulfill your dreams.
Learn more and grow more.
Hard work is the only key to success.

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