Jonathan Livingston Seagull Analysis

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Abby McMillan Dr. Jack English 10 1A 10 October 2017 Jonathan Compared to Me Jonathan Livingston Seagull by Richard Bach is basically about the story of an adventurous seagull's life. It looks like a book for a grade school reading level. After you scratch beneath the surface, however, I found the book is filled with things many fourth graders probably wouldn't grasp. Such as the use of use of personification, symbolism, and didactic themes. The story starts as we are introduced to a young gull named Jonathan Livingston Seagull. He finds he is being oppressed by society because he finds the life of a typical seagull is disconcerting in its inane and tedious nature. In a rebellious move he begins to teach himself to fly at very high…show more content…
They banish him for endangering the lives of his brothers by his careless behavior. After being banished, he lives on the cliffs at the far end of the shore and practices his flying daily. In time he finds that he is better off without the oppression from the flock, he is now free to practice whenever he feels. One night while practicing, two seagulls, who have a bright glow about them, they start to fly with Jonathan with more skill than Jonathan has ever seen. Jonathan follows them to a place he refers to as heaven. “So this is heaven, he thought, and he had to smile at himself’ (Bach 41). Jonathan learned that this place was meant for him; and only a few other gulls who were like him. He learned how to improve his flying techniques. In heaven he met Chiang, he was the Elder gull and has been in heaven the longest. He taught Jonathan how to fly and how to be wise. “No, Jonathan, there is no such place. Heaven is not a place, and it is not a time. Heaven is being perfect” (Bach 45). As Jonathan kept improving he felt he was missing something. He had to go back to the Flock, he needed to help any gulls who might be like him. Leaving the place he loved dearly, he knew he finally understood the meaning of…show more content…
“He was strong and light and quick in the air, but far away more important, he had a blazing drive to learn to fly” (Bach 73) Jonathan knew he was a perfect student and began teaching him; not letting him doubt his limits. Within three months Jonathan had six more students join his flying group. He found it was simply to teach them to fly, but it was harder for them to understand the reason behind it. Of course all these gulls had gotten banned from the Flock.” There was brief anguish among his students, for it is the Law of the Flock that an Outcast never returns, and the Law had not been broken in ten thousand years” (Bch 75). Jonathan took his students to the Flock to show them what life should be about; not just fighting for food. Thousands of gulls had the hungry to learn these fascinating

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