Duration: 1st June – 30th June 2021
Number of books: 7
Hosted by: Crazy Challenge Connection
JUNE 2021 SCAVENGER CHALLENGE : BELOVED FATHERS IN LITERATURE
June 1 – June 30, 2021
1) Atticus Finch from To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
A character based on Harper Lee’s own father, Atticus Finch has all the makings of an incredible man. He is honest, kind, and meritorious, but what makes him excel at fatherhood is his empathy. Atticus’ ability to do what he believes is the righteous thing to do regardless of the sway of the crowd makes him a role model and his ability to convey a lesson to his kids despite the turmoil in their community makes him arguably the best father in literature.
Read a book that takes place in the Deep South (Georgia, South Carolina, Mississippi, Louisiana, Alabama) OR read a book that contains a courtroom scene OR (re-)read To Kill a Mockingbird. – Sea Swept by Nora Roberts
2) Mr. Bennet from Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
Seemingly unaffected and disinterested in his daughters’ lives compared to their mother, Mr. Bennet takes a different approach to fatherhood as well as married life. Where Mrs. Bennet is focused on finding wealthy husbands for her daughter, Mr. Bennet is determined that they marry someone they love. He provides a comedic reprieve to the earnest “mothering” of Mrs. Bennet.
👔 Read a book labelled HUMOR on its main GR page OR read a book where the main family has at least four daughters; tell us their names OR (re-)read Pride and Prejudice.
3) Jean Valjean from Les Miserables by Victor Hugo
Jean Valjean had come a long way from being Prisoner 24601 when he adopted Cosette. While Cosette’s mother, Fantine, was sick in the hospital, Jean Valjean promised to get Cosette away from the innkeepers that were abusing her. By the time he had successfully rescued Cosette, Fantine had already passed away. He cares for Cosette like she is his own daughter and sets an example of compassion, generosity, and fatherly love.
👔 Read a book whose total page count contains two of the following numbers – 2, 4, 6, 0, or 1; tell us how many pages
OR read a book that takes place anywhere in France OR (re-)read Les Miserables. – The Far Field by Madhuri Vijay (464 pp.)
4) Thomas Schell from Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close by Jonathan Safran Foer
In Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close, Oskar’s father Thomas Schell left behind a legacy of curiosity and determination. Although Thomas Schell had already passed away before the book starts, Oskar’s memory of his father’s adventurous games and caring heart are what stay with him throughout his life.
👔 Read a book in which a manmade disaster occurs; tell us what OR read a book that takes place in New York City OR (re-read) Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close.
5) Mr. Emerson from A Room with a View by E.M. Forster
Though he receives a chilly reception from other people for his refusal to follow social convention at the turn of the 20th century, Mr. Emerson believes in the power of being true to yourself. He also believes in women’s equality, and encourages Lucy Honeychurch to follow her heart rather than society’s expectations of her.
Read a book in which a character is being raised primarily by their father or father-figure OR read a book in which a couple become engaged or one character breaks an engagement OR (re-)read A Room with a View. – Dating-ish by Penny Reid
6) Joe Gargery from Great Expectations by Charles Dickens
Pip lost his parents when he was young, so he was left to be raised by his sister and her husband Joe Gargery. While Pip’s sister was resentful of having Pip as a responsibility, Joe often took the brunt of her anger to protect Pip. Even when Pip went to the city and tried to shed his commoner background, Joe Gargery continued to love him and remain a positive influence in Pip’s life especially when Pip was acting less than honorable.
👔 Read a book in which the author’s first name or one the MC’s first names is only 3 letters (tell us the character if using that option) OR read a book with “GREAT” in its title (minor variations acceptable – i.e. greater, greatest) OR (re-)read Great Expectations.
7) Geppetto from Pinocchio by Carlo Collodi
Geppetto was a lonely wood carver who received a block of wood without knowing it was magical. He then created a puppet out of that block of wood and before he knew it, the puppet had come alive! Doing the best he could with the responsibility of raising a boy, Geppetto raised Pinocchio as he would his own son. Throughout the book Geppetto tries to raise Pinocchio to make the right decisions and to get an education, but Pinocchio continues to find himself in troubling and morally-compromising positions. Geppetto, being the good father that he is forgives Pinocchio and leads him back to the honest path.
Read any book that has been made into a movie; tell us the name of the movie if the connection isn’t obvious OR read a book in which a character continuously finds themselves in trouble OR (re-)read Pinocchio. – Happily Ever Ninja by Penny Reid