Jonathan Livingston Seagull Analysis

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Jonathan Livingston Seagull is an allegory, a story of those who want to live as individuals instead of conforming to society. It is written by Richard Bach, first published in 1972. Richard David Bach was born on June 23, 1936 and is an American writer. Most of Bach's books have been semi-autobiographical, using actual or fictionalized events from his life to illustrate his philosophy. Bach's books espouse his philosophy that our apparent physical limits and mortality are merely appearance. Bach is noted for his love of aviation and for his books related to flying in a metaphorical context. This book is a fable in novella form. This form of novel is usually based on self-guided improvement, often with a substantial psychological basis. This…show more content…
These characters include Jonathan, Sullivan, Fletcher, Chiang and many other members of the flock. There are also many concepts that accompany these beliefs throughout this novel. Sullivan was Jonathan's instructor, he is the one who helped Jonathan to develop his potentials. Sullivan, one of the gulls, realizes that there’s more to living than flying for survival and food. He is a dynamic character because he argued that Jonathan should stay because he believes that the flock wouldn’t listen to Jonathan because all they want is to fight among themselves about…show more content…
He feels that his life is not centered around eating like other gulls. He wants to discover his own potentials and run after his dreams. He has not set any limits for himself. Rather, he looks out for opportunities and has full faith in himself. Jonathan is not like any other gull from his flock, he has a very different mindset i.e. he wishes to live his life without any restrictions and any set pattern. He wants to live free and fly
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