It’s Father’s Day in Australia. Time to take a look at some of our favourite literary fathers (and Father figures).
1. William, Danny, the Champion of the World by Roald Dahl.
Danny and his widowed father, William, live in a gypsy caravan fixing cars. William also habitually poaches pheasants from grounds of the local aristocracy.
While a pheasant poaching Dad night not be the best role model out there, William and Danny have plenty of adventures together, and that’s as much as any boy can want from a Dad.
2. Ned Stark, Game of Thrones by George RR Martin
Though he might be honourable to a fault, Ned is the sort of father that commands respect. Stern and steady, he has a strong sense of compassion and is guided by a loyalty to his family that is lacking in most Westrosi Houses.
3. Mr Bennett, Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen.
While he might have a lot on his plate, Mr Bennett is the paragon of patience. Father to five girls and a pretty high strung wife, Lizzie and Mr Bennett’s relationship is marked by trust and understand in a novel where both qualities are in short supply. Even when Lizzie tells Bennett that she intends to marry Mr Darcy, he says just the right thing
“I cannot believe that anyone can deserve you… but it apppears I am overruled.”
4. Atticus Finch, To Kill A Mocking Bird by Harper Lee
In a world beset by racism and segregation, Atticus stands apart, teaching Scout and Jem to look at the qualities of the individual. Like all great father’s he refuses to buck with social pressure, even threats, as the plot unfolds, instead showing us the meaning of integrity.
5. Fred Scully, The Riders by Tim Winton
Though placed under frantic circumstances after his wife and Billie’s mother goes missing, we can forgive him for not knowing how to be a single father right away. Instead, for Fred Scully and his daughter, it takes a long road and many miles for them to realise what is most important.