Hi everyone and welcome back to Top 10 Tuesday hosted by The Broke and the Bookish! I am really excited for today’s theme: Father’s Day related Freebie. I decided to focus on some of my favorite fathers in literature. I think it’s a fun companion post to my favorite moms in literature from Mother’s Day. Happy Father’s Day this weekend! Enjoy!
Atticus Fitch, To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee // I think Atticus belong at the top of a list like this. He is the first father that came to my mind. Atticus is a courageous, stalwart father that teaches his children the importance of standing up for truth and for what is right.
Mr. Bennett, Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen // Mr. Bennett always makes me laugh at his subtle wit in a house full of women. I love the relationship between Mr. Bennett and Lizzie. They just seem to understand each other better than anyone else. The moment when he realizes she actually loves Darcy and gives his consent for marriage always brings a joyful tear to my eyes.
Hans Hubermann, The Book Thief by Markus Zusak // I think Hans is a bit overlooked as an admirable father figure. He helps Liesl learn to read and gives her the love and attention she so desperately needs. He also teaches her the importance of keeping promises and doing what’s right–even if that risks everything.
Jean Valjean, Les Miserables by Victor Hugo // While I have not actually gotten to the part where Jean Valjean adopts and raises Cosette, I know the story fairly well. And what I have read of him so far shows the kind of father he will be–fiercely loyal, generous, and a great example of the power of forgiveness and turning to God.
Bob Cratchit, A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens // Bob works very hard to make ends meet financially for his family. But he gives them something of far greater value–infinite love and compassion and time. His love for his children is something to be admired and applied.
Pa Ingalls, Little House on the Prairie Series // Pa is always working hard to provide for his family. While his dreams are as big as the wide prairie sky, he does always have his family first in his mind. I especially enjoy his relationship with Laura and the way his love and support gives her stability throughout their changing locations.
Matthew Cuthbert, Anne of Green Gables by L. M. Montgomery // How I love sweet, gentle, generous Matthew. His instant connection with Anne is so heart warming. I love the way he quietly spoils and guides her through her first years at Green Gables. His death still breaks my heart every time I read it.
Shalom Singer, The Selection Series by Kiera Cass // I have mentioned before that this is my guilty pleasure series. I just love the story and the love. But I haven’t talked much about Mr. Singer, America’s father. He teaches his children the importance of finding love and meaning in life. I especially love his advice to America as she is in the selection and his fierce love and protection for his children.
Angus Tuck, Tuck Everlasting by Natalie Babbitt // Angus Tuck is more unique on this list. In a shorter children’s novel, we don’t get a lot of details about his life and his past. But we do learn that he is firmly committed to his family and believes that life should be lived at its fullest with a clear direction and end rather than without an end.
Arthur Weasley, Harry Potter Series // A list like this would be incomplete without the hard working and sometimes ridiculous Mr. Weasley. He is certainly not perfect, but he is loyal and teaches his children the importance of standing up for what is good and right in the world. And I just love him more for his quirks and interests in Muggle things.
Who are some of your favorite literary dads?