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What is the theme of "Johnathan Livingston Seagull"?

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kristine14 | Student, Grade 9 | eNotes Newbie

Posted October 6, 2007 at 12:55 PM via web

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What is the theme of "Johnathan Livingston Seagull"?

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jilllessa | High School Teacher | (Level 2) Associate Educator

Posted November 1, 2007 at 11:25 AM (Answer #2)

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The overall theme of the book is that we should all strive to reach our greatest potential and break out of the boundaries that limit us.  Bach tries to fuse the enlightenment thought that man (or gull) himself can overcome all obstacles with both New Age and Christian concepts of the soul and the afterlife to create his own spiritual philosophy.

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parkerlee | Teacher | (Level 2) Educator

Posted August 10, 2008 at 4:05 AM (Answer #3)

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Sometimes sticking to your beliefs comes with a great price. Resisitng the current of ideas held to be true or acceptable can make you very unpopular or even bring ridicule and alienation. Going against the crowd can be a lonely road, but if you believe in yourself and your convictions, you are still a 'winner' at heart: "To thine own self be true."

Another theme is that isolation is often necessary for the transmission of knowledge. A leader must often distinguish himself from the crowd before he has any followers or before he can offer a different path from that which is already known.

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