In both stories the characters Jonathan and the free prisoner both experience a religious awakening. Jonathan’s episode with religion is being what we as Christian’s call a disciple, meaning to spread the word of God, however; that is not exactly what Jonathan is. Jonathan loves to fly and flying is what he wanted to perfect in. Though in his flock flying was prohibited except for capturing food, and food alone. Though Jonathan saw other purposes for flying, which were to fly higher, faster and to see further. When Jonathan is out casted from his flock, he came across two other seagulls like himself. Both saying to him “We’ve come to take you higher, to take you home” (Bach 53). Meaning to take him to another place where there are other seagulls like him, who love to fly high and fast. For Christianity being with others who are on the same journey tend to make spreading the word more appealing. In the story The Myth of The Cave the free prisoner had experienced a religious awakening too, in a similar but different way than Jonathan did. The free prisoner converts to another environment rather than already being in the same environment and sharing what he believes in to others. The free prisoner, chained in an underground den and only shown shadows of figures is one day freed. As Plato explains it, “Forced into the presence of the sun himself, is he not li...
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...hat “there will be more reason in this than in the laugh which greets him who returns from above out of the light into the den” (4). Those who are Christians or even Jehovah witnesses have experienced being rejected by others, and those being rejected only want to explain the word of God to those who have never been told. Jonathan on the other hand had been rejected at the beginning his journey. His fellow gulls within his flock, even his mother and father, had intoned together said “The brotherhood is broken” (Bach 40). There are thousands of those who have been rejected by their loved ones because of what they strongly believe in or strive for perfection such as Jonathan has accomplished doing.
All in all, Jonathan Lingston Seagull and the free prisoner are similar in many ways because both characters experience a religious awakening, return, and rejection.
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