Jonathan Livingston Seagull, By Richard Bach And The Mystic Of The Cave

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The story of “Jonathan Livingston Seagull” by Richard Bach and “The Mystic of the Cave” from The Republic by Plato are two stories that are an allegory about morals. An allegory is a story, poem, or picture that can be interpreted to reveal a hidden meaning about a moral, politics or religious meaning. Jonathan Seagull tries to get the other seagulls to concentrate more on flying and the prisoner tries to get the other prisoners to be open minded and get them out of the den. Will these two be successful at what they are trying to do? These two stories show morals that are vital because the characters both decide to go out on their own, they never give up on themselves, and they show love and forgiveness. First, these two stories show morals that are important because the characters does the opposite of what everyone in their group does. In the book, “Jonathan Livingston Seagull”, Jonathan feels like it is more important to learn the techniques to fly better rather than pick out left over food. He also learns if he flies better, then he has a greater chance at finding better food. “What he had once hoped for the flock, he now gained for himself alone.” (Bach pg. 26) Jonathan compares to the prisoner in “The Myth of the Cave” because the prisoners are forced to look forward at the shadows on the wall. The prisoner turns and looks at the fire light to see for himself if the images are real. “He is reluctantly dragged up a steep and rugged ascent, and held fast until he is

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