Jonathan Seagull- Summary

Jonathan Seagull- Summary

Q. Reading Assignment for ACL 2 is “Jonathan Livingston Seagull – Richard Bach”
Give the summary of the Book and write what they have learnt from reading this novel.


This is a story about a seagull named Jonathan, who is an outcast, quite experimentive and has a thirst for knowledge. He eventually gets kicked out of his flock for dishonoring them and lives on his own. One day two gulls take him to heaven. While there, he learns about life and how to fly with perfection from the Great Gull, who teaches him.

The Great Gull eventually dies and Jonathan is left alone and he becomes a teacher and goes back to earth and teaches the other flocks. They become amazed by his skill and they learn from him and eventually he meets Fletcher who thought he was stupid and he learned many things from Jonathan and became a teacher himself.

Jonathan Livingston Seagull was trying to learn to go as fast as he possibly could and he wanted to show the others that life wasn't about eating and living for as long as you can. He reached speeds that had never been reached by a seagull. He wanted to be a falcon and make deep dives because he thought he was so slow. Once he figured out how to bring his wings in and point tips out he reached incredible speeds.

He wouldn't be like the rest of the flock. But then he thought, "I am done with the way I was, I am done with everything I learned." But he showed off to the flock one-day and he got banned and was forced to leave because he wouldn't change. He was angry because he thought that the flock would look up to him and not shame him.

"Jonathan Seagull spent the rest of his days alone, but he flew way out beyond the Far Cliffs." Two gulls had come and taken Jonathan away. He thinks he has reached heaven. He learns from the Great Gull, Chiang, grace and perfection. He figures out that there is no heaven, but perfection is heaven and to reach perfection is to master flight. Chiang...

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