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Five Fictional Fathers I Love

Father's Day is just around the corner (Sunday for all you procrastinators - you're welcome for the reminder) and I thought it would be fun to take a look at some of my favorite fathers in literature. In no particular order here are five of my favorite fictional fathers:

Mr. Bennett - Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
Mr. Bennett is one of my favorite literary fathers. He's patient, wise and always wants what's best for his daughters. That part when he gives Lizzie an out from marrying Mr. Collins? Priceless. He's not into fashion ("No Lace, Mrs. Bennett, NO LACE!") and often keeps out of the limelight, but he appreciates his children's varying talents - even when they have none.

Atticus Finch - To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
Who doesn't love Atticus Finch!? I believe that anyone who's read Mockingbird will agree that he is one of fiction's most loved literary fathers. He taught his children to be brave, empathetic and to do the right thing even in the toughest circumstances.

William - Danny Champion of the World by Roald Dahl
One of my son's favorite books to have read to him is Roald Dahl's Danny the Champion of the World. William is Danny's father. Together they live in a gypsy wagon where there are imaginative stories and great adventures. I love the relationship that Danny has with his father, so William is obviously on this list. Their hunting adventures and scheming ways make them a dynamic duo.

Arthur Weasley - Harry Potter by JK Rowling
The patriarch of the Weasley family is a bit of a goofball - but that's why we love him. He's a great father to his own children as well as whoever may end up staying at his house. Devoted to his wife and family - he always does the right thing even if it's intimidating. His fascination with muggle (non magical human) paraphernalia only makes him that much more charming.

Jean Val Jean - Les Miserables by Victor Hugo
Jean Val Jean is one of my favorite fathers in fiction. He saves Cosette from the horrible (although slightly comical) Thenardier family after making a promise to her mother as she dies. He then raises Cosette as his own, looking out for her well being. Despite a rocky start, Jean Val Jean is able to make the most of his life - improving things for those around him the best he can. I think he's a great role model - even if he is on the run from Javert.

Happy Father's Day to all the dads out there, I hope you enjoy your day!

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