Jonathan Livingston Seagull

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The book tells the story of Jonathan Livingston Seagull a gull who believes seagulls are meant for much more than just fighting for food. He has a passion for flying and for learning. For his strong beliefs he is marked and an outcast and sent to live alone. He however continues to fly and learns all he can learn. He never gives up on what he believes in.

Part one of the Book begins with The Breakfast Flock fighting for bits of food. While everyone else if struggling to feed themselves Jonathan is out by himself practicing. Despite fierce concentration, he stalls and falls, which for a seagull brings disgrace and dishonor. Most gulls only learn the simple facts of flight how to get from shore to food and back. The others gulls just care for eating and not for the flying, however Jonathan loved to fly more than he loved to eat. He knew this was not a way to think and even his parents were dismayed by his daily experimentation. They asked Jonathan to be normal and even though he agreed he would go back to his old self and kept trying to fly. He learned about speed and tried, not successfully, to fly the fastest that he could fly but every time he would lose control and crash into the water.

“I am a seagull. I am limited by my nature. If I were meant to learn so much about flying, I'd have charts for brains ... . My father was right. I must forget this foolishness. I must fly home to the Flock and be content as I am, as a poor limited seagull."

After failing again Jonathan gave up on flying and decided to live as a normal seagull, he would fly as a normal seagull flies. He started reprehending himself for not being normal and suddenly he realized what he had done wrong, why he would always crash. So once again Jonathan started ...

... middle of paper ... believe in his dreams. Though out the book Jonathan dreams of learning all he can about flying and he does. This is a great inspirational book. It encourages the reader to not give up on our dreams, it helps us see that there is a way out of everything. This book tells us to search for the bright side in every situation, Jonathan had been marked as an outcast but he made a positive event out of this. He didn’t give up on his dream instead he continued to learn, he kept on searching for ways to fly. We must look for a bright side in every obstacle that is thrown at us. Obstacles are not there to stop us but to push us to do better. We must find a way around the obstacles and once we do we must keep moving forward like Jonathan did.

Works Cited

Bach, Richard. Jonathan Livingston Seagull
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