Today is Father’s Day and while we recognize how great our own fathers are, let’s take a break and recognize these memorable literary fathers, with comforting words on the side (some statements may come from a Huffington Post article):
Atticus Finch from To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
“I wanted you to see what real courage is, instead of getting the idea that courage is a man with a gun in his hand. It’s when you know you’re licked before you begin, but you begin anyway and see it through no matter what.”Atticus Finch
No list of great literary fathers would be ever complete without adding the moral and kind Atticus Finch.
Mr. Bennet from Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
“But, Lizzy …You are not going to be missish, I hope, and pretend to be affronted at an idle report. For what do we live, but to make sport for our neighbors, and laugh at them in our turn?”Mr. Bennet
Fathers aren’t perfect. And no other character represents imperfections than Mr. Bennet himself. Although he is generous and caring towards his daughters, he lacks concerns and conviction when it comes to big decisions concerning his family’s welfare. However, he is immediately redeemed when preventing Elizabeth from marrying the odious Mr. Collins.
Arthur Weasly from Harry Potter Series by J.K. Rowling
“Haven’t I taught you anything? What have I always told you? Never trust anything that can think for itself if you can’t see where it keeps its brain.”Arthur Weasly
From HuffPost :
“Mr. Weasley is seen by his peers (and, to a certain extent, his children) as something of a buffoon. He’s a bit bumbling and embarrassingly enthusiastic about his interests. But he’s also a kind, good-hearted man who loves his wife and children more than anything. It doesn’t hurt that he’s also quietly been a key member of the fight against Voldemort. “
Matthew Cuthbert from Anne of Green Gables by L. M. Montgomery
“Don’t you think you’d better [apologize] and have it over? It’ll have to be done sooner or later, you know…Do it right off, I say, and have it over.”Matthew Cuthbert
“Sweet, shy Matthew Cuthbert may not have been Anne’s biological father, but he was a dad to the red-headed orphan. His tough-as-nails sister, Marilla, forbids Matthew to “put his oar in” when it comes to raising Anne, yet it is the old bachelor who shows Anne the first true kindness she has ever known. When Matthew decides that Anne should have a pretty dress like the other girls in their town, he bravely faces his fears to buy the fabric and commission it himself. Okay, maybe it’s not exactly storming the Bastille, but it proves that Matthew would do anything for his adopted daughter.”
Horton, from Dr. Seuss’s Horton Hatches the Egg:
“I meant what I said / And I said what I meant… / An elephant’s faithful / One hundred per cent! / No matter What happens, / This egg must be tended!”Horton
An elephant sits on an egg and persistently stays with it, while through many hardships and humiliation. He’s persistent and caring until the very end. What great traits to have in a father!
Mr. Emerson from A Room with a View by E.M. Forester
“My father says that there is only one perfect view — the view of the sky straight over our heads.”Mr. Emerson
Mr. Emerson constantly goes against the “proper societal conventions” and he supports liberal values. It his ideals and personality that helps Lucy Honeychurch reveal what she really wants and supports her in her decisions. She may not be her birth father but he treats her like she is one of his own.
Mr. March from Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
If he is old enough to ask the question he is old enough to receive true answers. I am not putting the thoughts into his head, but helping him unfold those already there. These children are wiser than we are…”Mr. March
Mr. March’s kind nature and wise mind was always a treat to read for readers but it is also characteristics that are admirable in a father figure. Although his appearance is brief, he provides enough wisdom and insight to make him a memorable literary father.
Bob Cratchit from A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens
“As good as gold… and better. Somehow he gets thoughtful, sitting by himself so much, and thinks the strangest things you ever heard. He told me, coming home, that he hoped the people saw him in the church, because he was a cripple, and it might be pleasant to them to remember upon Christmas Day, who made lame beggars walk, and blind men see.”Bob Cratchit