Father's Day is almost here, and I happened to be the only father in the room when blog assignments were handed out for the month. From 19th century England to the post-apocalypse, here are just a handful of the most awesome fathers in literature.
To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
Everybody knows that Atticus Finch is one of literature’s greatest fathers, which is probably why Harper Lee is waiting until after Father's Day to release Go Set a Watchman. She doesn't want all the other fathers out there to feel bad about their own shortcomings. (Go Set a Watchman will be available July 14 at your neighborhood Half Price Books location.)
Strengths: Kind, patient, the moral compass of Maycomb
A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens
Bob Cratchit’s a dad just trying to make the best of a bad situation. Pity LinkedIn wasn’t around in the 1800s. Luckily for him though, he hits a big pay day after years of suffering the miserly Scrooge in Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol. Turkey AND health care for Tiny Tim? CHA-CHING!
Strengths: Hard worker, loyal
Weaknesses: A pushover, too loyal
The Road by Cormac McCarthy
Most modern fathers, myself included, spend an inordinate amount of time planning how to protect their family in a post-apocalyptic world. Luckily for me, there’s an REI across the street. The unnamed father in Cormac McCarthy’s The Road takes his son on a roadtrip he'll never forget, filled with foraging for food, murderous thugs and unspeakably atrocious horrors.
Strengths: Great survival instincts, protective
Weaknesses: Always coughing up blood
Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
Fictional or not, being the father of five daughters is no easy task. He loves his daughters but it’s his sharp sarcasm that bonds him with Elizabeth, which is something I can relate to. My daughters are only two, but we’re bonded by a very similar sense of humor.
Strengths: Loving, witty
Weaknesses: Withdrawn when it comes to “chick issues”
The Shining by Stephen King
A quick Google search of the word “awesome” reveals that the definition also includes “inspiring apprehension or fear.” So by that definition, Jack Torrance is awesome.
Strengths: Good with a sledgehammer (or an axe if you prefer the movie)
Weaknesses: Alcoholism, that whole “trying to murder his family” thing