Top Ten Tuesday – Father Figures in Literature


Yes folks, it really is Tuesday yet again. This week’s Top Ten Tuesday theme is Father Figures in Literature. Father’s Day related Freebie:  favorite dads in literature, best father/daughter or son relationships, books to buy your dad, worst dads in literature, etc. etc. Now, as I noted for the Mother’s Day post, there are not many parental figures who survive to be influences in the genres I tend to read. Usually they are dead or absent in general. Be sure to check out The Broke and the Bookish‘s post for more Top Ten Tuesday posts and themes.

Bad: The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller – Although I absolutely hated this book the entire story couldn’t have happened without Patroclus’ father. He rejected his son and never considered him to be good enough which is a large reason why Patroclus ended up in the court of Achilles’ father. This father figure abandoned his son and cast him aside at the earliest opportunity.

Bad: Caraval by Stephanie Garber – Here we have another example of a bad father figure also in a book that I did not enjoy. None of the story could have happened without Scartlett’s dad. He is painted as a cruel and abusive man and none of the story would have occurred without his abuses toward his daughers. Scarlett would most likely never been put into a situation that led to her leaving her home it he had been a positive and healthy influence.

Redeemed: A Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah J Maas – I’m starting to get the feeling that all the books that actually have fathers in them are ones that I didn’t enjoy. With the conclusion of the ACOTAR series we have the redeemed father. He had been little more than absent for most of the story, effectively nearly letting his daughters starve to death. In the end, he storms in and saves the day which, of course, gets him killed. I’m sure there is more to it than that but that part of the story didn’t feel right to me and I’m still annoyed.

Multiple: Harry Potter – First, lets stop for a minute and think about how many father figures are actually in Harry Potter. We have Harry’s dead father, Arthur Weasley, Dumbledore, Mr. Malfoy, Uncle Vernon, Sirius Black…I’m sure we can keep the list going. Harry had no shortage of father figures. Luckily, Harry chose to heed the advise from the more positive ones…mostly.

Positive: Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen –  Not much to say here. I’m fairly certain the majority of us have had exposure to this book and can agree that Mr. Bennet is a great big softy. He loves his girls and his family and they love him.

Confusing: The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan – Oh Percy. Silly, innocent little Percy. The boy grew up with Smelly Gabe as a horrible step father only to learn that his biological father is none other than Poseidon and that he should never have been born. All in all I think the boy handles it well but talk about an imposing father figure…


That is all I have for you. As I mentioned, the majority of the books I read seem to not even mention a father figure much less involve anything about said parental unit. So, happy Tuesday and happy upcoming Father’s Day!

13 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday – Father Figures in Literature

  1. Mr. Bennet is one of my favorite characters in P&P! I also love how you describe the father situation in The Lightning Thief as confusing– poor Percy! I remember absolutely LOATHING Smelly Gabe when I first read that series. Great list 🙂

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  2. Great list! I went with Worst Dads for my T10T and I wish I had thought to throw in the father from Caraval! What a jerk.
    **ACOWAR SPOILERS AHEAD (in case anyone reading the comments hasn’t read it lol)**
    I also totally agree that Papa Archeron redeemed himself in ACOWAR. I know a lot of people felt like it was just all too “convenient” when he showed up, but during all of ACOMAF, I kept thinking, hmm… where is he… he’s up to something… lol! I literally squealed when he showed up in ACOWAR!

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    1. That dad from Caraval was quite the bad father. I don’t remember much of the book but I certainly remember how much I disliked him.

      I wanted to love when the father showed back up in ACOWAR, too. I wanted to adore it and shout and yell “hooray!” but I just couldn’t. I had been wondering where he went off to myself but his appearance just didn’t jive with me. Maybe I was being too picky.

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      1. I try not to remember very much of Caraval, to be frank lol. I was so disappointed in it. 😦

        I don’t blame you. I can definitely see how it could be lackluster or odd. I will say my only problem with his return – and a lot of the events in the end of the book – is that it felt like everything was just a little too “convenient”, if that makes sense.

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