(Turns out next week is Father’s Day, so ignore this post for like a week and you’ll be fine, lol.)
Tomorrow is Father’s Day and in celebration of all the amazing fathers out there, I thought it would nice to celebrate fictional fathers on my little blog. Like in real life, fictional fathers can support dreams, clean wounds, and strengthen their children to become heroes. There are honestly a lot of bad fathers in fiction (or dead ones, that’s an infamous trope). So it’s about time that the good ones get some recognition.
And before I get into this list, I want to wish all the fathers out there Happy Father’s Day! My father passed away when I was fifteen, so I’ve learned to appreciate a good father since then. Now unto the list!
The Little House book series was a big part of my childhood, and one of the things which stood out to me even when I was incredibly young is how awesome Ma and Pa were. Life was so incredibly difficult back then, but they successfully raised multiple children while moving several times.
And no one made as great impact on me from this series than Pa himself. He is stoic and tough when he needs to be, but also gentle and kind to his girls. He teaches valuable lessons throughout the book and was surprisingly my favorite character.
So, Death is technically the grandfather of Susan, but anyone who has read this series will probably know just how cute these two are together. I mean, Death is literally bones and Susan has some amazing powers. I believe the history is that Death adopted Susan’s mother (a fan of the Discworld might know more details then I). Either way, you honestly can’t ask for a more unique grandfather. Hogfather just happens to be my favorite book which features Death and Susan.
A Man For All Seasons is a play which features the conflict between Thomas More and Henry VIII. They had been close friends for many years, but More could not support Henry divorcing his first wife to marry Anne Boleyn and Henry eventually executed More. I love Thomas More’s writing, but I also love his relationship with his daughter Margaret.
Margaret Roper was More’s eldest daughter, publishing her own books (most of which were translations or Greek/Latin texts) and considered one of the most educated women in England during the time. She was also very close to her father, as you can see both in this play as well his own writings. If you are curious to learn more about More, I recommend his biography Thomas More: A Portrait of Courage by Gerard B. Wegemer.
Atticus Finch is both an amazing individual and a great father. He is the father of the protagonist Scout in To Kill a Mockingbird. He is not only fair and wise, but he defends a black man from a false assault charge of a white woman despite the danger it puts him in.
In general, this book is incredible, but some of my favorite scenes in the book center around conversations Scout has with her father as he both teaches her important life lessons and warns her about dangers. However, he isn’t perfect, but it is struggling and overcoming his weaknesses, often to protect his children, that makes him truly a great character.
Cry, the Beloved Country tells the story of Stephen Kumalo, a Christian minister in South Africa who seeks to find his son, only to discover his son has been arrested for murder. Kumalo is such an upright character, caring deeply for his son but also realizing the son he loves dearly must pay for his crimes. But he also sees the unfairness of the law against blacks compared to whites.
In general, though Kumalo starts off as a naïve character, he is a deeply loving and gentle man. It is just sad that he lost his son in such a horrible tragedy.
Ray Bradbury is an author I have fallen in love with over the last couple years, but possibly my favorite character he has created is Charles Halloway. He is the father of one of the two main boys, Will and Jim. While no one will believe the boys about this evil carnival, Charles does and goes to extreme lengths to protect his son and the town.
However, what I like most about him is how imperfect he is. At the beginning of the book, he doesn’t get along with his son, spending little time with him. And yet he is willing to do anything to make sure his son is safe, nearly dying multiple times. He’s an example that it’s never too late to be there for your kids.
To all the fathers out that, Happy Father’s Day! The world needs to learn to appreciate good fathers more. What are your favorite fictional (and historical) fathers? Let me know down in the comments, thank you so much for reading, follow my blog for more musings and, as always,
Best wishes in your life full of adventure,