Post by Jenny
I hope all you dads had a great Father’s Day yesterday! I’m a day late, but let’s look at a few notable dads from the book world:
Geoffrey Chaucer: Known as the Father of English Literature, he’s the writer of The Canterbury Tales, of course, and subject of countless high school humanities papers.
Mark Twain: William Faulkner called him the Father of American Literature. Maybe so, but he was also a bottomless well of quotes both witty and wise. For example: “When I was a boy of fourteen, my father was so ignorant I could hardly stand to have the old man around. But when I got to be twenty-one, I was astonished at how much the old man had learned in seven years.”
Atticus Finch: The principled lawyer from To Kill a Mockingbird tops many a list of admirable literary dads, and for good reason.
Bob Cratchit: Hardworking and loyal to his miserly boss Mr. Scrooge, Bob embodies the holiday spirit in Dickens’s A Christmas Carol.
Pa Ingalls: Little House on the Prairie wouldn’t be the same without the patient, music- and book-loving Charles Ingalls, who (I like to think) looked exactly like Michael Landon.
The Man from The Road: He safeguards his son as they trudge through a post-apocalyptic, cannibal-infested hellscape that makes Bob Cratchit’s life look like a cakewalk.
Arthur Weasley: Seven kids, a houseful of magical chaos, those pesky Death Eaters, the timeless struggle of good vs. evil…he still manages to hold it together through the entire Harry Potter series.
And from comic books/graphic novels, don’t forget Jonathan Kent, who raised a super space baby he found in a Kansas field; Ben Parker, blue-collar uncle/father-figure of Peter Parker/Spiderman; and Thomas Wayne, surgeon philanthropist father of Bruce Wayne/Batman.
“I believe that what we become depends on what our fathers teach us at odd moments, when they aren’t trying to teach us. We are formed by little scraps of wisdom.” Umberto Eco
“It was times like these when I thought my father, who hated guns and had never been to any wars, was the bravest man who ever lived.” Harper Lee.
“All fathers are invisible in daytime; daytime is ruled by mothers and fathers come out at night. Darkness brings home fathers, with their real, unspeakable power. There is more to fathers than meets the eye.” Margaret Atwood
Who is your favorite literary dad?