Renowned Historical Doting Father Figures

by WriterArtist

At the onset of Father’s day, let’s remember some of history’s greatest father figures.

While we do not control who our father would be, we certainly know who can be a good father and the expectations from him. A doting or an evil father, it might be the destiny, however, it will be good to remember the noticeable doting fathers that people have cherished. History could teach us a thing or two. Movies, TV serials have long story lines on loving fathers who under dire circumstances tried to be there or make a difference in their children’s lives. Whether we are parents or not, we can take these examples for inspiration can strive to become one.

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Baba from Kite Runner

War raged Afghanistan Story


Baba in a war prone area of Afghanistan from Khaled Hosseini's novel “The Kite Runner” is a good example of father-son relationship. Amir as a young child would be jealous of Ali’s son and would think of hundred of reasons to avoid Baba showering love, generosity to Ali and his son. As an honest servant Ali is always filled with gratitude towards Amir’s father. Baba is benevolent and a great father to both – Amir and Ali’s son who may not match his status. Amir is also the reason; Baba lost his beloved beautiful wife.


A strong and brave Baba is surprised by Amir’s timidity, nowhere does he reflect his own personality. Although Amir brings his old, ailing Baba overseas to his posh house, much of revealing takes place when Baba dies. Confronted by childhood memories, Amir sets foot in a war-raging Afghanistan to bring back Ali’s orphan kid to his home.

Amir doesn’t have kids, he adopts Ali’s son, a great stringshot shooter resembling Ali which is enough to prove the big similarity between Ali and his son. Amir’s trip to Taliban occupied Afghanistan, Baba as a great loving father and the blossoming of Amir as a new father will bring all your emotions to surface. The characters are intense in a real-life situation that we find ourselves every time.

Barack Obama

America's much loved President


Barack Obama is a shining father of today. The 44th US president who won election also won hearts of many people including his family. A public confession to his love for his daughters is made in Parade magazine where it is mentioned in his own words “"When I was a young man, I thought life was all about me, "But then the two of you came into my world with all your curiosity and mischief and those smiles that never fail to fill my heart and light up my day. And suddenly, all my big plans for myself didn't seem so important anymore. I soon found that the greatest joy in my life was the joy I saw in yours."

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Mahatma Gandhi

Father of Nation


Mahatma Gandhi is known as Father of Nation in India. He was a person who achieved greatness and freedom to India with his principles and movements of non -violence. He won victory not with swords and pistols but with weapons of humanity “Ahimsa”. He worked throughout his life to unite the humanity whether it was Hindu-Muslims or untouchables.

There is a message for every child, a path to follow of non-violence. He preached what he practiced. And though the path looks difficult, it produced amazing results and amassed masses that revolutionized a new path to freedom. There is much to learn from his famous autobiography “My experiments with truth”.

Updated: 06/11/2023, WriterArtist
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WriterArtist on 06/11/2023

Veronica - I can clearly see that Saint Joseph was not only a good father but also a good husband. It goes without saying - for a father to be loveable, he needs to be a good husband too.

WriterArtist on 06/11/2023

Tolovaj - I agree there are not many good father figures to pick from the history. They are few, but they are there nevertheless.

WriterArtist on 06/11/2023

DerdriuMarriner - It is interesting to note that St.Joseph is your favourite. All saints have to be good father, they are father figure to the whole world. I haven't seen the movie "The Accountant" with Ben Affleck, but I will if I find it on Netflix.

Tolovaj might be able to tell a good father from the fairy tales in his articles. I don't recall a good father figure.

DerdriuMarriner on 06/05/2023

The observation about the possible conflict between becoming a great historical father figure and being an actual good father interests me.

Making sure to be a good father no matter what is going on personally and professionally matters in the film The Accountant with Ben Affleck.

I mention the above film, one of my favorites, because of the mention of Baba in Kite Runner as one of three figures in the above text.

Your wizzlies, Tolovaj, note an absent father in so many fairy tales. Who would be considered a good father in fairy tales where the latter is not absent? Would it be the king in the 12 dancing princesses?

Tolovaj on 06/04/2023

I wouldn't pick a name. Many fathers were not as good as they could be to become historical figures.

DerdriuMarriner on 06/01/2023

From the Old Testament, probably Adam could not be considered a great historical father figure because perhaps he transmitted lying to Cain, right? But what about Seth or Seth's descendant, Noah?

(I still would choose St. Joseph over them;-D!)

DerdriuMarriner on 06/01/2023

Joseph is so much my favorite choice!

Egyptian-French singer-songwriter Georges Moustaki made a hit song Mon vieux Joseph. I prefer the parts where he talks about St. Joseph asking of life that he grow old with Our Lady Mary and thinking of raising children whom he would teach the occupation that his father had taught him.

But Moustaki refers to Jesus Christ as having "strange ideas" that made his mother cry and to St. Joseph as being ridiculed for his marrying and parenting choices.

If the above be true, that he knew temporary doubt and regret once or more than once, then St. Joseph really would have been the great historical father figure for standing by his wife and her son.

Veronica on 05/31/2023

My husband's father was called Joseph and a good man indeed

DerdriuMarriner on 05/31/2023

The suggestion of St. Joseph as a great historical father figure is a favorite with me.

March 19 is one of my favorite days since it suggests, thanks to St. Joseph, the possibility of a good, happy death (after a hopefully good, happy life).

Veronica on 05/30/2023

St Joseph was supposedly a good father figure to Jesus.

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