Jonathan Livingston Seagull


Richard Bach

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Jonathan Livingston Seagull Characters

Jonathan Livingston Seagull

The protagonist of the novel, Jonathan Livingston Seagull, often called Jon by his friends and students, is a bird who is different from all the other members of his Flock of gulls. Obsessed with flight… read analysis of Jonathan Livingston Seagull

Fletcher Lynd Seagull

A young gull who, like Jonathan, is drawn to experiments with flight. When Fletcher is introduced in the narrative, he has just been Outcast from his own Flock, and as he makes his way… read analysis of Fletcher Lynd Seagull


The Elder Gull of Jonathan’s new Flock in the plane beyond earth. He is an enormously skilled flyer, and has been empowered by his age rather than “enfeebled” by it like most Elder Gulls… read analysis of Chiang

Anthony Seagull

A doubtful bird who lives in the time two hundred years after Jonathan’s departure from earth. Anthony wonders what the meaning of life is, and refuses to believe in the overzealous doctrine which canonizes… read analysis of Anthony Seagull
Minor Characters
Elder Gull
The Elder Gull of Jonathan’s original Flock on earth. The Elder Gull proclaims Jonathan Outcast and banishes him to the Far Cliffs as a result of his reckless experimentations with flight.
Jonathan’s instructor when he reaches the plane beyond earth. Sullivan encourages Jonathan’s further experimentation with flight techniques and practices, and proclaims Jonathan the most fearless gull he himself has mentored in “ten thousand years.”
Henry Calvin Gull
One of Jonathan’s flight students.
Terrence Lowell Gull
An Outcast bird who becomes one of Jonathan’s pupils.
Kirk Maynard Gull
A lame gull who wants to become one of Jonathan’s pupils despite his wrecked wing. Once Jonathan shows him that he is a free gull, Kirk is seemingly miraculously restored and able to fly.