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Re: Analysis of Jonathan Livingstone Seagull by Richard Bach

Post by yashika_damani on Wed Dec 14, 2016 11:47 pm

Richard David Bach is an American writer. He is amazing and passionate about what he does which inspired me a lot. He's brave, and driven by a vision he feels more than understands: the need for speed. a kind of hero figure who is self-transforming. Bach's books support his philosophy that our physical limits and mortality are merely appearance. Bach is noted for his love of aviation and for his books related to flying.he has pursued flying as a hobby since the age of 17.

The title of the book “Jonathan Livingston Seagull” is very apt as it says everything about the book that Jonathan searches for, and discovers, the most wise and advanced seagull in this new reality and begins to learn even greater truths.  This speaks the wisdom of finding a mentor, a master, a guide to lead us down the path in the right direction and let us discover and learn through our own commitment to moving higher and higher.

"Jonathan Livingston Seagull" is a wonderful story about a seagull that has been kicked out of his community for being different.  Jonathan wants to be more, see more and live differently than the mass of gulls on his beach. He is an individual who refuses to just follow the mass of mindless gulls in his community.  He lives at the Seashore, but he is not allowed to be with the other gulls because he can't adjust or fit.  He takes off and learns to fly away from the group and he goes higher and farther than any other gull ever has.  Jonathan explores his world and enjoys his freedom.  He returns to his flock and shares what he has learned with the other gulls.

I liked Jonathon himself the most because he is Self-Driven , passionate and he desires to fulfill his personal search for perfection in the area that is important to him. Being rejected was not a concern; the important thing was continuing the search for knowledge. And moreover it was about people who follow their hearts and make their own rules...people who get special pleasure out of doing something well...people who know there's more to this living: they’ll be right there with Jonathan, flying higher and faster than ever they dreamed.

Learnings were: Be passionate, focused, constantly learn, re-discovering ,never give up on your dream and work hard as much as you can AND most importantly BE YOURSELF.

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Re: Analysis of Jonathan Livingstone Seagull by Richard Bach

Post by Rhythm on Wed Dec 14, 2016 11:54 pm

1.Few lines about the author and also explain the title.

Since Jonathan Livingston Seagull - which dominated the #1 spot on the New York Times Bestseller List for two consecutive years - 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. A former USAF fighter pilot, Air Force captain and latter-day barnstorming pilot, Bach continues to be an avid aviator-author, exploring and chronicling the joys and freedom of flying, reporting his findings to readers.

We see the seagull obsessed with pushing the limits of everything he knows about flying. Every day he learns more and more. We, as human beings, would be well-served if we were willing to push against our own personal boundaries and discover what lies beyond. It is refreshing and insightful to learn more, grow more, open ourselves to truths we have not yet learned.

2.A paragraph on the story/plot

Rising Action-
Jonathan is a Seagull living on the planet earth, but he is very confused. A seagull’s existence consists of eating and sleeping, that’s it. Jonathan is a free thinker who spends his time learning new flying moves and pushing his ability as far as he can.
All the seagulls in his flock make him an outcast. Everyone turns their back on him because he doesn’t blindly follow the crowd.Jonathan accepts his mutiny and flies off into the distance into the afterlife.

Exposition-
When Jonathan gets sent to the next life he is welcomed by other forward thinking seagulls who discovered the joy of flight in the previous life.He then trains with the elder seagull Chiang who teaches Jonathan how to travel at the speed of thought.

Climax-
After learning that our bodies are an illusion, Jonathan visits his first lifetime to see if he can teach the naive seagulls the meaning of life.He then gets several followers that he teaches for many years.

3.The character you liked the most and why?
My favorite character is Jonathan. He is my favorite character because he made me want to live my life better while striving for perfection with what I am passionate about. He 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. Similarly, you have defined what you will need to achieve your goal and acquire it.

4.Your takeaways/learning

• Love and forgiveness

"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?" Jonathan asks his first student, Fletcher Lynd Seagull, before getting into any further talks. The idea that the stronger can reach more by leaving the weaker friends behind seems totally rejected. Hence, 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.

• Trust yourself

If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you, but make allowance for their doubting too. What happens when you start to live as your true self? There is certainly some fear in starting to become the person you were born to be. If you’ve spent your life trying to do what is expected of you, your stepping out of that role may cause some consternation on the part of the people around you. Your new way of living may expose the drab existence that they are still clinging to.
If there were only 2 things for me to take away from this book, one would be:

Effort + intention = magic

and the other one is that

“Your purpose is to do what you love as hard as you can for as long as you can.”


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Re: Analysis of Jonathan Livingstone Seagull by Richard Bach

Post by shubham jaiswal on Wed Dec 14, 2016 11:54 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.

This book is about Jonathan Livingston Seagull, one of the many seagulls from the Breakfast Flock colony. The gulls dodged and fought for food off the fishing boats, except for Jonathan Livingston, who would practice soaring into the sky, doing various maneuvers not intended for gulls. Jonathan would soar and then glide. Though he stalled and fell many times, he picked himself up and practiced some more. He learned from his mistakes and kept on “course correcting.

Jonathan Livingston Seagull is a novel 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.
The book is divided into three parts. In the first part, Jonathan begins to see that he can push himself to fly faster, higher, and lower than any other seagull ever has before. When he achieves one goal, he attempts another. All the while, his mother and the rest of his Flock want him to be just a normal gull. But, there is something driving Jonathan to be more than a typical gull. He knows that his body can do more and he wants to experience the exhilaration of flying above the clouds as fast as he can. His attempts eventually lead to him being cast out by his Flock, who deem him an Outcast.
At the end of the first section, during one of his flying escapades, Jonathan meets a pair of seagulls who seem to be glowing. They take him into a state of transcendence where all of the seagulls practice flying like he does. These special gulls introduce themselves as his brothers, and together they fly off into the “perfect dark sky.
In the second section, Jonathan believes he is in heaven, as he realizes that he is flying higher and more easily than ever before. His escorts leave him and he lands on a beach with other gulls. He meets a magnificent gull named Sullivan. Jonathan works with Sullivan, who gives him lessons in flying and spirituality. Sullivan informs Jonathan that he is a “one-in-a-million-bird”, and explains how all of the birds arrived at the beach. Eventually, Jonathan gets to meet the Elder, Chiang.
The book explores the idea that when someone is seeking a teacher, the teacher arrives. It seems that every time Jonathan is ready for something new, that thing arrives—whether it is the opportunity to live outside the Flock or the opportunity to work with a spiritual teacher.

Once Jonathan begins to work with the Elder, he learns about more than flying. Chiang teaches Jonathan to disappear and appear at will. Eventually, Chiang vanishes permanently (as all spiritual teachers must do) and Jonathan begins to take on the role of spiritual adviser to seagulls that seek his wisdom and abilities.
As part three begins, Jonathan takes Fletcher Seagull on as his student. They begin flying lessons and during those lessons, other outcast seagulls join in. As Jonathan realizes that he must return to the Flock, he encourages his students to fly back to the Flock’s beach. Eventually, other seagulls from the Flock that cast him out begin to look for him so they can learn from him and from Fletcher. Jonathan and his students show off their skills and, slowly, members of the Flock begin to take notice and take part in the lesson. But Jonathan takes it too far when he encourages Fletcher to fly too fast and too high. Fletcher crashes into a cliff, but does not die. The Flock is shocked by what it sees and thinks that Jonathan is the devil who has come to break up the Flock. In response, the Flock tries to kill Jonathan.
After the attack, Jonathan and Fletcher discuss love, and decide that real love is seeing the good in everyone. Once Jonathan realizes he is no longer needed, he disappears and lets Fletcher continue his work. It is easy to see the physical and spiritual growth that Jonathan experiences by the end of the novel, as he forgives the Flock for banishing him and leaves behind a wise seagull to continue his work.

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 kratika mishra on Thu Dec 15, 2016 12:03 am

Jonathan Livingston Seagull is a novel which should be treasured, as it taught us alot and ended with a happy note. Moving forward to answering the questions you asked us, I will have following comments:
1) Richard David Bach, is famous as the author of two of his bestsellers of 1970’s, viz., Jonathan Livingston Seagull and Illusions: The Adventures of Reluctant Messiah. He had worked on numerous books, fiction and non- fiction both. As rightly said, your written scripts tell more about your personality, so if I talk about him in context to Jonathan Livingston Seagull, then I don’t think I would be wrong in saying that he is also very enthusiastic, and is attached to his family and so had named the seagull, as Jonathan. One of the quotes by him that I liked the most was “The best way to pay for a lovely moment is to enjoy it”, this shows that he treasures all the happy moments in his life and like the story of seagull he also tried to fulfil his dreams.
If I talk about the title of the story, it talks about the enthusiasm and desire to achieve the thing of our choice.
2) This story so nicely proved that, “where there is a will, there is way”, and so did Jonathan expertise in the area which was said to be ‘of no use’ and ‘not made for’ seagull’s. He overcame all the barriers that came into his path and learnt to fly, fly as high as he could, for him life was not just about survival, for him life was much more than that, he disagreed with the views of all the other seagulls of his flock, that they should focus on finding food for themselves, instead he wanted to fulfil his dreams of flying high and hence was boycotted, but since he work hard and had dedication and devotion so he finally got success.
3) The character which I liked the most is Sullivan, this is because he is a very good motivator and kept on motivating Jonathan throughout his journey of becoming expert in flying. Peer learning is something which plays a major role in one’s life.  Sullivan gave him the best of the advices and hence ended up by becoming my favourite character of the story.
4) My takeaways from the story includes,
A) Hard work has no alternative.
B) Dedication and Devotion are must.
C) Where there is a will, there is a way.
D) Help friends in finding the best out of there life.
E) Go for your dreams.
F) And at the end, always remember your origin and try to do good for your own people.

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Re: Analysis of Jonathan Livingstone Seagull by Richard Bach

Post by SWATI SRIVASTAVA on Thu Dec 15, 2016 12:03 am

1) Richard Bach is a pilot and author of several bestselling books including the 1970s masterpiece Jonathan Livingston Seagull. Most of his books have been semi-autobiographical, using actual or fictionalised events from his life to illustrate his philosophy. He started flying planes since the age of 17 and his love for flying is evident in all his books like this one.
The book Jonathan Livingston Seagull depicted a story of a seagull named Jonathan and his passion and dedication for what he wanted to achieve in his life.

2) This story is concerned with a young seagull’s efforts to rise above the ordinary. In a flock where individuality doesn’t exist, Jonathan finds himself a loner and an outcast from all of them.
He tried his level best for flying with courage and his extraordinary skills, but for this he is expelled from his flock because everyone there believed that the seagull’s work is just to catch food for survival and nothing more than that. Although he was expelled from his flock, but he sees it as an opportunity as it gave him freedom to develop his skills and reach heaven. He met other seagull’s of his kind and with them he developed his skills beyond the limitations. He achieved what he wanted from his life. He continued the cycle by returning to the flock and teaching its seagulls the lessons he learned from the elder gull Chiang.

3) The character I liked the most was the elder seagull Chiang who helped Jonathan in improving his skills day by day. He was the greatest source of motivation for Jonathan. He told him never to stop learning and practicing and his strive to understand the perfection.

4) My learning from this book is that in order to succeed in our life and to achieve whatever we wanted in our life, we should have passion and dedication for that thing. If we are passionate enough for achieving something, nothing could stop us from getting it because passion and dedication leads to hard work which is the key to success.

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Re: Analysis of Jonathan Livingstone Seagull by Richard Bach

Post by Asif PGFB1653 on Thu Dec 15, 2016 1:02 am

1) Richard David Bach is an American writer. Bach is widely known as the author of some hugely popular 1970's best-sellers, including Jonathan Livingston Seagull and Illusions: The Adventures of a Reluctant Messiah.
Coming to the title, "Jonathan Livingston seagull", is very apt as the story deals with the life of Jonathan, a different see-gull who loves flying more than anything else, moreover who lives his life in his own terms.

2) Jonathan is the different sea-gull from others in the flock. He experiments with new, always more daring flying techniques. More than anything else he loves to fly. In spite of the warnings of his parents, he practices all alone the art of flying and eventually masters it. Jonathan continues practicing flying high. He soon meets two Gulls and learns wise ways of flying. He then decides to come back to his old flock and help other Gulls. Fletcher Lynd Seagull becomes his first student and At the end, Jonathan appoints Fletcher as the next instructor and moves on to his next mission elsewhere.

3) The character I like the most is the elder gull, Chiang who guided and taught Jonathan lessons that included the mechanics of flight. Chiang taught Jonathan to stop seeing himself trapped inside a limited body.

4)
*Experiment until you succeed.
*Know what you can do and cannot do and work to push beyond your limits.
*Learn from you failures.
*Never give up.

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Re: Analysis of Jonathan Livingstone Seagull by Richard Bach

Post by bhavanasingh on Thu Dec 15, 2016 2:07 am

‘Instead of our drab slogging forth and back to the fishing boats, there’s a reason to life!
We can lift ourselves out of ignorance, we can find ourselves as creatures of excellence and intelligence and skill. We can be free! We can learn to fly!”

1 ) Richard Bach the author of the novel Jonathan Livingston Seagull an American writer known for 1970’s best sellers including this particular book. Bach who himself is noted for his love of aviation and for books related to flying in a philosophical manner. He wrote this book about seagulls who as mentioned in the book never falter, never stall because for them its is not flying that matters, but eating. But for Jonathan Livingston Seagull who loved to fly it is not eating that mattered, but flight.
The book inspires me and motivates me. We all have ability to change the reality and fate . We all are struggling to find the answers about our lives and constantly thriving to reach at higher level to the place we ourselves not aware of. We can do anything, Be anything that we want the only thing required is to believe in ourselves . Its ok to be different at times and do what others might not be expecting you should be doing. Its your choice to make and do what’s right for you.

2) A Paragraph on the Story: The book tells the story of this exceptional Seagull , who unlike others in his flock wants to reach the new heights and curious to know what he can do in the air and what he can’t. He has the passion for flight , he tries to push himself to his limits and keep on learning about flying. For this passion on his he was even outcaste, but that didn’t stopped him to do what he wanted to do with his life. “ For each one of them, the most important thing in living was to reach out and touch the perfection in that which they most love to do, and that was to fly.’ When you know whatever you are doing is what you love, then at that time you are not just doing that work rather you are just enhancing your own passion . In our case, why we need to stay in a job when we already know that its not something you like or love to do. At that very moment you need to hold yourself, and motivate yourself to take a step toward a change that you which is the only thing one needed to be happy. After being outcast, Jonathan find a new flock who love flying like him. He met a wise Gull, Chiang, who teaches how to reach heaven through perfection of knowledge. The secret, Chiang, says “To fly as fast as though, to anywhere that is, to begin by knowing you have already arrived.”

3) Character I liked the most: is Jonathan, the title Character who even after being outcast for not following the rule of his flock is concerned with what HE enjoys and loves to do. And constantly learning & gaining knowledge and search for perfection for his passion of flying. Also, its completely ok to not to do something everyone else is doing especially when you know that’s not what you want to do. When we start pursuing our dreams we might come face to face with the reality that people are going to do what think are going to think & do what they are going to do, they will force you to and think their way, so instead of trying to control what is uncontrollable, you should follow yourselves and your dream and passion. Just do what you feel like is the best thing in that very moment.

4) My takeaways: we all may have made choice in our lives which may be wrong or right. Or maybe what you do is wrong in others eye but you know you are right for yourself. Because in the end it will be us dealing with ourselves. We need to get out of our comfort zone which can be hard initially, but in the end thing will work out and its goings to make you an entirely a new person altogether, though, any new step in life can make or break you, but that should not stop you from leaving any stone unturned. This will definitely give a sense of peace that at least you tried. We should have faith in ourselves rather than just relying on destiny . But we should not stop dreaming high, and constantly thriving to achieve your ultimate happiness.

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Re: Analysis of Jonathan Livingstone Seagull by Richard Bach

Post by Neetu Singhal on Thu Dec 15, 2016 2:54 am

Richard Bach is a very good writer and well known for his work. He had written several books, Jonathan Livingston Seagull is one of them. Richard Bach is a kind of person who never quit in his life and he get this inspiration from Jonathan Livingston Seagull.
Title of this book "Jonathan Livingston Seagull" is very suitable as it suggests that one should follow his/her own dreams and never be afraid of failure and death. There is so much to learn so just break the boundaries which limits you from learning.

The Story is about a bird named Jonathan Livingston who don't live just to eat. He has some dreams and want to live his dreams. He lives so that he can discover something new, can learn more and more. He was different from his group and not interested in rules and norms.
He is very passionate about flying and very keen to learn complicated twists and turns. He wanted to reach the highest speed and fly as fast as possible and so he pushed his limits everyday by practicing more and more. He was never satisfied with himself and always wanted to improve. On his way to reaching perfection, he started worrying about the ones he left behind despite the fact that they kicked him out of the flock he wanted to teach them what he had learnt so far. This shows his forgiving nature and love and kindness for others.

The character i liked the most is "Chiang" who played a very big role in the success of Jonathan. As Chiang played the role of a teacher who had always supported and motivated him. He teaches Jonathan how he could fly faster.
Learnings from the story are:
1) We should strive to reach our goals.
2) Boredom, Fear and Anger are the reasons which shortens our life and we are not able to live our life fully, so have some dreams and chase your dreams so that you start enjoying your life.
3) Forgive others for their wrong doing.



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Re: Analysis of Jonathan Livingstone Seagull by Richard Bach

Post by pallavi maindola on Thu Dec 15, 2016 3:08 am

Few lines about the author and explanation of title:

Richard Bach is very passionate writer, he wrote number of hugely popular books and 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 and remains one of the world's most beloved authors.
If talk about the title of the book, this book is a story for people who follow their dreams and make their own rules. According to the story we see the seagull made his passion alive throughout the book and obsessed with pushing the limits of everything he knows about flying. Every day he learns more and more. We, as human beings, would be well-served if we were willing to push against our own personal boundaries and discover what lies beyond. It is refreshing and insightful to learn more, grow more, and open ourselves to truths we have not yet learned or found.

A paragraph on the story/plot:

The book is story of a seagull named Jonathan, learning about life and flight, and about self-perfection .he was quite adventurous and has a thirst for knowledge. In this book author has perfectly elaborated the passion and keen interest to learn shown by Jonathan. it is nicely described in the story that against the conventions of seagull society, how Jonathan seeks to find a higher purpose and become the best at doing what he loves and made his existence in the eyes of his followers or students and figures out that there is no heaven, but perfection is heaven and to reach heaven perfection is to master flight.

The character I liked the most and why:

The character I liked the most was “Chiang” who was the elder Gull, and very positive in nature, and who actually supported him and helped him understood the real motive of life and meaning of heaven. He perfectly explained to Jonathan that every distance has its limitation but only perfection has no limitation .He made him understood the importance of practice and hard work in life. He motivated Jonathan in his every learning for flight.

My takeaways/learning:
My takeaways are:
(1) We should be ambitious and visionary.
(2) We should have self actualization and self esteem.
(3) We should learn from situations and failures as it is rightly said failure is a first step to “SUCCESS”.
(4) We should think beyond others. Never think of that ,if I will do this or that work what other will say .Do whatever your heart says and mind follows. SET A GOAL, WORK HARD, ACHIEVE IT AND LEAVE IMAGE OF YOUR’S IN OTHER’S MIND.
(5) Dedication and hard work is needed to achieve our goals.
(6) We should have ability to motivate our self.
(7) AND THE MOST IMPORTANT TAKEWAY NEVER EVER GIVE UP ON YOUR DREAMS, TRY AND PRACTISE HARD AND DEFINITELY YOU WILL GET A FRUITFUL RESULT.



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Re: Analysis of Jonathan Livingstone Seagull by Richard Bach

Post by priyanka sharma on Thu Dec 15, 2016 7:55 am

1 Few lines about the author and also explain the title
Richard Bach is a writer and pilot. He is the author of three books they are; Jonathan Livingston seagull (1970), The adventures of a Reluctant Messiah (1977), and one (1989). His first book Jonathan Livingston seagull is hugely popular best sellers. Through his books he motivates people to do what they love and never stop trying even if it seems impossible.

The title of the book JONATHAN LIVINGSTON SEAGULL is after the name of the main character in the book.

2 A paragraph on the story/plot
The book is all about a bird named Jonathan seagull and the story revolves around him. Jonathan being a seagull (a bird that doesn’t fly high) tries to fly high in the sky. His flock members did not like the idea about flying high and never tried to do so but Jonathan was very much determined. He tried until he could really fly high but the flock out casted him. He had to leave his place and move out.
When he went to other place he could see other gulls flying high and they took him along with them. Jonathan could learn a lot from the elder gulls named chiang and Sullivan seagull. He was a quick learner and could learn things easily that took other gulls thousands of years. He started teaching other gulls the joy of flying and one day decided to go back from where he had come. He went to his place to teach other gulls about flying but the i
This story tells about the hard work and determination of Jonathan. He did not want to be ordinary and restrict his thoughts. If anyone has that spirit we can differentiate ourselves from the crowd as he differentiated himself from other gulls.

3 The character you liked the most and why?
The character that I liked the most is the elder gull chiang. The best thing I liked about him was what he said to Jonathan. “There is no place like heaven. Heaven is being perfect.” He said if you fly thousand miles or at the speed of light still it is not perfect. Anything that shows a limit is not heaven. Heaven is beyond the limit. When you go beyond the limit then you will reach heaven.

4 Your takeaways/learnings
The best thing that I had learnt from this book is that nothing is impossible if we try from our heart and soul and learn from our mistakes. Forget about the limitations of your body and try beyond your limits. There will certainly be one day when you will feel heaven on Earth.

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Re: Analysis of Jonathan Livingstone Seagull by Richard Bach

Post by BHAVIKA AGARWAL on Thu Dec 15, 2016 8:22 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(seagull) lives near the sea whose family tradition is to hunt for food and this is what we fly for but this seagull has his own way of flying and a concrete reason to it let's hear about it more.

Jonathan Livingston Seagull 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. Later, he returns to his flock to teach the ambitious among them what he knows.
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. He's banished because of this.
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 Part III, Jonathan returns to his flock to teach them what he has learned.

The character I like the most is Seagull.His passion for flying is tremendous,it allows him to not look for excuses but just keep trying and you will suceed (mantra).And as he keep trying irrespective of day and night,somewhere it felt the universe is with him and connecting the dots to help him reach where he want to.

My learning from the story:-
1. Be passionate.
2. Hardworking.
3. Trust yourself.
4. Follow your dreams
5. Don't let yourself get affected by the hardships,it is the key to success.


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Re: Analysis of Jonathan Livingstone Seagull by Richard Bach

Post by yashica arora on Thu Dec 15, 2016 8:38 am

FEW LINES ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Richard Bach is an American writer. His 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 books.
A PARAGARPH ON THE STORY
Jonathan Livingston Seagull tells the story of a young seagull with big ambitions. He could never fit in with the other seagulls. His primary goal wasn’t to fly every day in search of food. He wanted to reach the biggest speed and fly as fast as possible. Once, he crashes horribly to sea after making a mistake which he then temporarily vows to stop his craziness before a thought flashes in his mind to do a little tweak to his wing and there is no turning back since then. He lives a long and happy, yet remote, life as Outcast until two bright seagulls escort him to heaven, and then leave him to discover his new life. There, he met Sullivan who is his instructor and learns that he is a one-in-a-million seagull for his remarkable achievements and realization. He also learns from Chiang, the wisest seagull there and teaches him to move instantaneously to where his heart desires. Above all else, Chiang teaches him to work on love. In the end, he returns to Earth to train young seagulls that have the strong passion as he had in flying and freedom. Together with his students, they go back to his old flock and slowly new seagulls appear to join the company to learn on flights.
THE CHARACTER WHICH I LIKED THE MOST
The character which I liked the most is Jonathan Livingston Seagull himself. This character first appears as a freethinking young gull, not content with filling his belly with scrap fish. He wants to experience the freedom of flight enjoyed by other bird species. Opposed by everyone, including his own family, this character experiments, until he figures out the dynamics of flight and practices its techniques to perfection.
LEARNINGS
-Learn from you failures.
-Never stop learning.
-You have the capacity for much more than you think, so keep challenging yourself.
-Open  your eyes and see beyond the day-to-day activities, have the courage to stand by your beliefs and begin to understand who and what you really are.

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Re: Analysis of Jonathan Livingstone Seagull by Richard Bach

Post by Simran Pipariya on Thu Dec 15, 2016 9:55 am

1. Few lines about the author and also explain the title.

Richard David Bach is an American writer who is passionate about his writing stream. He wrote several books till date and one of his book is JONNATHAN LIVINGSTON SEAGULL , this book is all about those people who follow their hearts and who are pilots of their own life . This book is very Motivating,it tells the story about a seagull with big dreams who want to fly at a amazing speed to reach the higher plane of perfection.

2. A paragraph on the story/plot

The story is all about a Gull named Jonnathan Livingston seagull who Knew that there is more to life than just eating. He was different from other seagulls of his flock as other seagulls were always concerned about finding and eating food, but Jon was only concerned about flying and travelling from one place to another. He was totally different from other seagulls and that is why other seagulls hated him as he can do those things which other seagulls can’t do and therefore he was asked to leave the flock.
He Loved to fly and spent his whole time experimenting with the art of flying and this passion made him travel to the another world that is heaven and there he meet Chiang who is the oldest among all the gulls and Chiang was the only one who can do those things which another gulls of Chiang’s flock can’t do. Chiang teaches Jonathan to disappear and appear at will. He also meets a magnificent gull named Sullivan. Jonathan works with Sullivan, who gives him lessons in flying and spirituality. Sullivan informs Jonathan that he is a “one-in-a-million-bird”.

3. The character you liked the most and why?

The Character I liked the most in this story is Jonnathan himself as he has the potential to learn something new always. He had that potential. He always trusted himself that he can achieve whatever he wish and want to achieve.

4. Your takeaways/learnings (elaborate)

My learnings from the story:
• We should always listen to our heart
• One should never lose hope
• Keep learning Everytime
• Have a faith and trust yourself

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Re: Analysis of Jonathan Livingstone Seagull by Richard Bach

Post by Himani Banga on Thu Dec 15, 2016 9:56 am

Answer 1. Richard Bach writes the novel, and he explores this soul expedition through a seagull named Jonathan Livingston, hence he entitles it as Jonathan Livingston Seagull. Bach personifies a Seagull and embraces on the concept of enlightenment. Bach also uses Seagull as a symbol to describe human nature, and tries to guide his readers to actually become spiritually independent, he also hints at the fact that there is only one religion which should be followed by a person and that is of nature.  

Answer 2. Bach split the plot into four parts:
A) In part one he begins to unfold the tale of a Seagull who's not interested in living an ordinary life of a seagull, rather love for flying. Other Seagulls outcast Jonathan but for him the pursuit of learning is more important than anything.
B) In the second part Jonathan experiences the fact that there is no heaven instead there are different levels of existence and here he learns the secrets of "perfect speed" from an elder person Chiang. Jonathan realizes that this level of existence is higher than the earth and it takes thousands of births to learn capabilities of an individual and actually come to this level of existence. Chiang also tells him how he is has learnt so much in just one birth which is an outstanding feat. The most important lesson Bach tries to deliver from this part that everyone is different and has the responsibility to explore himself.
C) In the third part Jonathan imagines how easy on life would have been if he had known all these truths of all and hence returns to the earth and teaches other interested Seagulls how to enjoying flying and exposes them to a world which is beyond the understanding of any normal seagull. His folks are soon ostracized but each and every one of them desires to fly and learn more hence they start staying together. One day Jonathan decides that they should now go and join rest of the Seagulls, although a Seagull is never allowed to come back from after being rejected. Soon other Seagulls become interested and they start joining Jonathan. Hence he brings in the revolution which he was ought to.  
D) In part four Jonathan has reached another level of existence and has had to move on from here. Bach depicts how other Seagulls have now stopped listening to Jonathan students and instead they have made him a God. He is now a mere object of commodity and Bach subtly explore how a religion might have been formed.

Answer 3. The character of Jonathan Livingston is the most interesting character and there are several reason of it, first being that he's the protagonist and it is through his expedition that readers are brought light to. Bach also makes his character an entrepreneur who decides to do something he loves although there is no purpose of it to the ordinary Seagulls but overall when it boils up to existence this is the thing, which really matters.

Answer 4. There are endless diamonds hidden in form of the coal in this Novel, as Bach decides to hint and direct, and not to force.
a) All individuals should become what they are meant to become not what others expect them to become.
b) There are several levels to existence.
c) Life is an eternal process of not just births rather learning.
d) Life is meant to be lived the way we wish to live not it what others expect us to do, hence learn to live life instead of following somebody.

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Re: Analysis of Jonathan Livingstone Seagull by Richard Bach

Post by siji abraham 1650 on Thu Dec 15, 2016 1:30 pm

1. Richard David Bach is an American writer. He is widely known as the author of Jonathan Livingston Seagull. Bach is noted for his love of aviation and for his book related to flying in a metaphorical context. Bach’s book espouses his philosophy that are apparent physical limits and mortality are merely appearance.
Russell Munson started taking pictures of aeroplanes as a child and has been involved                            with flying and photography ever since.
The title is apt in the sense that it is not bone or feather which matters, what matters is the perfect idea of freedom and flight, limited by nothing at all.

2. The book is all about a seagull’s desire to fly and his developing understanding of what flying means. Jonathan wants to be who truly he is. No matter how hard he tries to be a regular seagull, he recognizes that he is not and he should not settle for anything less. Fortunately, he does not succumb to the pressure from the group and from his mother, otherwise he would never have been able to transcend. Jonathan achieves perfection in his flying and is transported to a new world, where he learns to move onto the next level of consciousness. Perfection is depicted as the ability between time and space in ways that the average gulls cannot. It allows Jonathan to bring Fletcher back to life and to communicate through thought instead of spoken words.

3. The best character as per me is Jonathan itself because no matter what happened, he kept his pursuit of the freedom of his true self. He serves as an inspiration to anyone who wants to succeed beyond the limitations imposed.

4. What I learned from this story is that always follow your heart. Do not surrender your dreams just because of the societal rules and regulations rather make your own rules and achieve what you think you are capable of. As truly stated in 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 Rishabh verma on Thu Dec 15, 2016 2:57 pm

Born in 23rd june 1936, Richard bach was an American writer. He was very found of writing from his schooling days. He was a very talented man and he also has interest in writing. “jonathan livingstone seagull” was one of the best selling book of Richard. In this book, there is a story of a seagull whose name is jonathan who is very passionate of flying as much high as he can. But on the other side, other seagulls are more focused on food.

THE STORY- The whole story is about a seagull whose name is jonathan who lives with his parents and other seagulls who are very much bound by the  rules and regulations of the society. But seagull loves to fly in the air as high as he can so just because of his love and passion towards flying he fulfilled his ambitions. Due to strong determination he met chiang who became his good friend afterwards. From chiang he learnt that there are also many seagulls who love to fly and they are not bound by the rules of the seagulls like just to eat food.

The character I  liked the most is Jonathan itself just because of his strong determination and passionate feeling. As his parents and other seagulls were also against him but hats off to his strong determination and just because of his confidence and determination he achieved his goal.

My takeaways-
1-Never give up
2- always work hard to achieve our goal
3- Help others in fulfilling their dreams

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Re: Analysis of Jonathan Livingstone Seagull by Richard Bach

Post by ayushbhatnagar on Thu Dec 15, 2016 3:16 pm

"Seagulls, as you know, never Falter, never Stall. To stall in the air is for them disgrace and it is dishonor".

1. The Plot of the book Jonathan Livingston Seagull  is about this exceptional seagull who is different from rest of the flock. Because for most gulls it is not flying that matters, but eating.  But for this gull, though, it was not eating that matter, but flight. More than anything else, Jonathan Livingston Seagull loves to fly faster and higher than his flock. There are various parts in the book, Jonathan is always pushing himself to do different thing and tries to learn everything he can about flying. His passion for flight was not accepted by his own flock as he was outcast but that didn’t stop him from learning and in turn his passion grew increasingly.He also met two more gulls in his way that helped him to find a better world which is not heaven but a place where there is a perfection of knowledge.
After being outcast, he met other birds who, loves to fly just like him.”You’ve got to understand that a seagull is an unlimited idea of freedom, an image of the great gull”. You have the freedom to be yourself, your true self here and nothing can stand in your way.

2. The character I like the most is the main character that is Jonathan itself, who grows from a very young seagull, tries to learn, master his flight and tries to bring other seagull back to life. He learnt about flying higher, about perfection, the heaven and he does that by himself. He took advice from elderly and also tries to teach his new flock. Jonathan serves as an inspiration to anyone who wants to succeed beyond the limitation imposed to them.

3. This book delivers a life’s lesson beautifully. Also, like Jonathan one should never stop learning, practicing and striving to achieve perfection which is sole rule principle of anybody’s life. When we try hard with all your abilities and all your will to bring out a new person within yourself. “The expert in anything was once a beginner”. The efforts and practices that we put into something is a combine effort with openness to grace. Practice make you perform over and over again in the face of all obstacles, some act of vision of faith and desire which leads to perfection.

4. Richard Bach is an American writer who wrote many books both fiction and non-fiction. He himself pursued flying as a hobby. The Book is self discovery which one gets after seeking higher existence as a non-confirming individual. Jonathan’s decision made him feel for himself about his passion and to his inner conflict of whether to be like others seagulls or to make an effort to change his life forever.
One should look things and understand what you can do, what you actually know and how you will fly.Also one should embrace his passion and must never stop learning.

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Re: Analysis of Jonathan Livingstone Seagull by Richard Bach

Post by himashish on Thu Dec 15, 2016 3:22 pm

1)Richard Bach is famous as the author of the two of his bestsellers of 1970s, viz. Jonathan Livingstone Seagull and Illusions:The adventures of Reluctant Messiah. In context to Jonathan Livingstone Seagull, Bach continues to be an avid aviator-author, exploring the joys and freedom of flying, and reporting his findings to readers. One of the quotes that I liked the most is "The best way to pay for a lovely moment is to enjoy it." And if I talk about the title of the story it depicts us the thought that if we want to achieve our dream, work hard with full enthusiasism and passion.

2)"Jonathan Livingston Seagull" is a wonderful story about a seagull that has been kicked out of his community for being different and disobeying the norms. Jonathan wants to explore more, see more and live differently than the mass of gulls on the beach. He lives at the Seashore, but he is not allowed to be with the other gulls because he can't adjust or fit. He takes off and learns to fly away from the group and he goes higher and further than any other gull ever has. Jonathan explores his world and enjoys his freedom. He returns to his flock and shares the immense experience what he has had with the other gulls.

3)Character which I liked the most is Jonathan, the title Character who even after being outcast for not following the rules and norms of his flock is concerned with what he enjoys and loves to do. And constantly learning & gaining knowledge and working hard for perfection for his passion of flying. When we start chasing our dreams we might face lots of hurdles and problems and instructors to follow it in their way, they will force you to and think their way, so instead of trying to control what is uncontrollable, you should express yourselves and your dream and passion. Just do what you feel like is the best thing in that very moment.

4)My takeaways are be passionate, focused, constantly learn, re-discover ,never give up on your dream and work hard as much as you can & most importantly BE YOURSELF !!!!


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Re: Analysis of Jonathan Livingstone Seagull by Richard Bach

Post by Harshita Sharma on Thu Dec 15, 2016 3:29 pm

1.
This is the only book, I have read of the author Richard Bach, and if I am true to my experience, he takes you to a whole new level of imagination. In other words, not only you imagine the story playing word by word in your mind but also you keep yourself in that situation and can relate to it. The book is explaining our day today life via Jonathan Seagull. The author has done justice to every person who wants to fly (be able to do what they love), but has to face hurdles of everyday life.
The title “Jonathan Livingstone Seagull”, throws away the reader by making them believe that it’s a fiction, when it’s really not. It is a real story wrapped in the blanket of friction. The name used is like any other human name, so that as we start reading it and get the gist of what is going on, we can relate to it. Thus, the title justifies the content behind the cover.
2.
This is the story of a seagull named Jonathan, who wants to shatter the glass of old tradition, followed by other gulls and want to be a person of his known. His steps lead him to total abandonment by his family and his flock, who think of him as a lunatic. His consistent efforts help him out and he gets what he wanted, his whole life at a whole new level. He get teaching from the best and chooses to come back to his flock to help other Jonathans in making & when his work is done and he helps his students be the master, he returns back and becomes a legend.
3.
Jonathan is the character I liked the most, as not only was he able to achieve what he wanted but was able to help out others with the thrust to learn, to dare and to learn to live their life purposefully.
He was not only able to be the “ONE”, to bring change but was also the “ONE”, who encouraged others to be the change. For e.g. Fletcher turned from an immature bird to his shadow.
4.
Although this book was from first page to last a big learning, still the beast was never to give up, and it doesn’t mean just you but never let others give up. The most important is not to achieve your target but to extend it to the best of your limits.

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Re: Analysis of Jonathan Livingstone Seagull by Richard Bach

Post by hitesh kriplani on Thu Dec 15, 2016 3:45 pm

Richard Bach is a writer and pilot. He is the author of three books they are; Jonathan Livingston seagull (1970), The adventures of a Reluctant Messiah (1977), and one (1989). His first book Jonathan Livingston seagull is hugely popular best sellers. Through his books he motivates people to do what they love and never stop trying even if it seems impossible.
The title of the book JONATHAN LIVINGSTON SEAGULL is after the name of the main character in the book.

Jonathan Livingston Seagull 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. Later, he returns to his flock to teach the ambitious among them what he knows.
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. 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." Jonathan returns to his flock to teach them what he has learned.

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.

Takeaway from the book:
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 Chander singh on Thu Dec 15, 2016 3:54 pm

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.
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.
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.
My takeaways are:-
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 shubhrv on Thu Dec 15, 2016 3:58 pm

1. 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.
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 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. 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 Aman Chouhan on Thu Dec 15, 2016 4:06 pm

Jonathan Livingston Seagull
By Richard Bach
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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Post by manish rajpal on Thu Dec 15, 2016 4:10 pm

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. 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.
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 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.

What I learnt from this story is that
1.If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you, but make allowance for their doubting too
2.Never stop learning and practicing and striving to understand more of the perfect, invincible principle of all life.
3.Master the fundamentals in your field and then build on that.
4.Experiment until you get “it” right, and “it” depends on your role in life.
5.Let go of the life that no longer serves you.
6.Embrace new ideas and ways of doing things.
7.Learn from you failures.

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Re: Analysis of Jonathan Livingstone Seagull by Richard Bach

Post by maharwal.vartika on Thu Dec 15, 2016 4:15 pm

1. Writer of this book is Richard David Bach. He is an American writer. He is a person who is very passionate about his writing stream. He wrote several books with interesting tittles.
2. This tells the story of a bird determined to be more than ordinary. Most gulls don't bother to learn more than the simplest facts of flight.  For most gulls it is not flying that matters, but eating. For this gull, though, it was not eating that mattered, but flight. This gull was very passionate about his life.  He spent many time practicing flying different styles and because of which he faced various problems. Another character The character is Chiang
3. 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. He supported him a lot.
4. My learning from this "Never give up", "Have some dreams and goal in life", "Learning from failures", "Encourage others", "Nothing is Impossible".

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