Although Father's Day ended yesterday, I thought it would be a good idea to pay tribute to the literary fathers that have captured the hearts of not only their fictional children but readers alike!
5. King Lear
4. The Father from The Road
3. Mr. Bennett
Now my English professor would probably argue with me on this point, but I think Mr. Bennet from Pride and Prejudice is fantastic! I will never forget when he tells Elizabeth, "Your mother will never speak to you again if you do not marry Mr. Collins, and I will not speak to you if you do." Sure Mr. Bennett's failure to regulate his daughters results in near disgrace for Lydia, but his decision to help Elizabeth avoid a loveless marriage makes him wonderful in my opinion!
2. Atticus Finch
1. Matthew Cuthburt
Although Matthew is not Anne's real father in Anne of Green Gables, he is nevertheless my all time favourite fictional father-like figure! His quiet, shy manner and absolute adoration for Anne melts my heart every time I read this novel! While Anne is not his true daughter, he helps Marilla to raise her as if she was family. The scene at the end where he dies never fails to make me cry as if he was my own father!
So what do you guys think of the five literary fathers that I have picked for this post? Who are your favourite literary fathers and why?