Father’s Day is just around the corner, so here’s a list to celebrate the most inspirational fictional fathers. Dads who, for one reason or another, are the definition of #dadgoals.
Les Miserables by Victor Hugo
Jean Valjean isn’t Cosette’s biological father, though he cares for and protects her like he is. After promising Cosette’s dying mother that he would raise her and treat her as his own, he rescues Cosette from a life of slavery and mistreatment. He’s a man who keeps his word, and demonstrates that unconditional love and good intention is enough to be a good father.
Anne Of Green Gables by L.M Montgomery
It was clear that Matthew idolised Anne from the very moment she stepped foot on Green Gables. Despite her many flaws, Matthew always saw the good and the promise within Anne. He adopted her and raised her as his own; treating and guiding her with compassion, patience, and kindness every step of the way.
A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens
Bob Cratchit showed patience, hope, and dedication to providing a life for his family in pretty dire circumstances. Though Bob is mistreated by his boss, Ebenezer Scrooge, he leads by example and does his best to overcome this. He has an unbreakable work ethic and lives with honest intentions; he always remains true to his beliefs. A great teacher to his young family.
To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee
Atticus Finch is many things: caring, intelligent, virtuous, the list goes on. He is also a fantastic role model for his two children. He teaches them to think for themselves, to be brave and stand up for what they think is right, even when the rest of the world is telling them they’re wrong.
Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
A father of five daughters is no easy task but it is clear to see that Mr Bennet dotes on each of his children, and wants what’s best for them. He may be flawed in certain aspects, but no more than anyone else. What makes him a truly great father? His spirit. A recognisable trait in the story’s main protagonist, his daughter, Lizzie.
Harry Potter by J.K Rowling
A kind, good, and honest man. A great example to his children. Mr Weasley is the definition of understated: he is quietly brave, humble and incredibly hardworking. He is a carer, provider and protector for those he loves, and for those who need it most.
Who would you add to the list?!