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In the case of a bird flying, it seems a natural act, and a foregone conclusion that it should succeed. In the examples you have given in answer to the previous question, was your success guaranteed, or was it important for you to try, regardless of a possibility of failure?

For self attempt.


Have you ever had a similar experience, where your parents encouraged you to do something that you were too scared to try? Discuss this in pairs or groups.

For self attempt.


“They were beckoning to him, calling shrilly.” Why did the seagull’s father and mother threaten him and cajole him to fly?

The young seagulls parents threatened and cajoled him to fly because they wanted him to become self dependent. They knew that he would never be able to do anything if didn't learn to fly. He would become completely dependent upon others for basic necessities of life.


Why was the young seagull afraid to fly? Do you think all young birds are afraid to make their first flight, or are some birds more timid than others? Do you think a human baby also finds it a challenge to take its first steps?

The young seagull was afraid to fly because he thought that his wings wouldn't support him. No, all birds aren't afraid to make their first flight. In the story, the young seagull's little sister wasn't afraid of flying. We can say that some birds are more timid than others. It can be said that human babies find it challenging to take their first steps but its very rare that they are afraid of it.


'The sight of the food maddened him'. What does this suggest? What compelled the young seagull to finally fly?

The young seagull had been hungry since last day. He made gestures to be noticed by his parents but nobody cared except his mother. He saw his mother tearing a piece of fish with her beak. He got maddened by the sight of food. Actually, his mother was enticing him. She thought that her son would make an attempt to fly to snatch the food from her mouth. But, contrary to this, the young seagull started begging his mother to bring him some food. His mother took the advantage of the situation. She took a fish and started flying across the sea towards her son. She could see her son screaming with joy. As soon as she reached near him, she stopped and didn't pass on the food to him. Her son stood surprised for a moment but he made the dive unconsciously to have the piece of fish.
The young seagull was so hungry that he could not resist the temptation of the food. His hunger for food compelled the young seagull to finally fly.