Billy Graham once said, “ A good father is one of the most unsung, unpraised, unnoticed, and yet one of the most valuable assets in our society.” This Father’s Day I bring to you the most iconic father figures in fiction who, despite their failures, stood victorious in parenting.
Atticus Finch, To kill a Mockingbird
Atticus Finch is not only an ideal lawyer but an ideal father too. He is the hero who raised two children in the epoch of poverty and racism. He instilled generosity, morals, gratitude, and open-mindedness in his children by demonstrating those values himself. He continues to surprise his children with his talents. He takes the time to teach his children what’s important, how to treat others, and not to be quick to judge. Today we honor his strengths and endeavors.
Arthur Weasley, Harry Potter series
Arthur is one of the most loving, kind, creative, and lovable figures in Harry Potter. He always finds a way to give readers a reason to smile. He was protective of Harry, supported him in any way he could, and trusted his judgment. He is a true badass with a whirlwind marriage and is blessed with many children. He’s always crushing over the inventions of muggles, helping his mischievous boys escape from the watch of their mother, and serving as a pillar for his family.
Bob Cratchit, A Christmas Carol
Let’s celebrate the most inspirational father who beat Pop Larkin from Darling Buds of May into second place. He is a family loving man who makes the best out of his circumstances to persevere for his family. In addition to him being a good and mature man and father, Bob also possesses a childlike appreciation of innocent fun. His bond with his children, notably the crippled Tiny Tim, is one that all fathers would do well to emulate.
Eddard “Ned” Stark, Game of Thrones
A great father but a terrible politician, the King of the North and Lord of Winterfell, Neddard Stark held justice and righteousness above all else. He not only instilled his uncommon beliefs and principles in his children, but he also loved them to no small extent. The greatest example of his parenting can be seen in his child, Rob Stark, who reflected his father’s values of “honoring justice above all else.”
Mr. Bennet, Pride and Prejudice
Seemingly unaffected and disinterested in his daughters’ lives compared to their mother, Mr. Bennet takes a different approach to fatherhood, as well as married life. As the father of five daughters, who are not legally eligible to inherit his estate, Mr. Bennet is in a rather difficult situation: his daughters must marry rich in order to maintain a comfortable lifestyle. However, Mr. Bennet takes it all in stride. Where Mrs. Bennet is focused on finding wealthy husbands for her daughters, Mr. Bennet is determined that they marry someone they love. And when Lizzie expresses her desire to marry for love, not money, Mr. Bennet encourages her to follow her heart.