It's important to have a positive role model, whether it be your grandfather or Wolverine. Although we're not sure how positive it is to have a role model who tears things up with his claws. (Tell your Granddad to stop doing that.)
In Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children, Jacob has the double bonus of looking up to his grandfather who also happens to have superpowers. The problem is that as Jacob gets older, he stops believing Grandpa, and his admiration wanes. Jacob's need to make sure his grandfather is an honorable man worthy of his respect is a major driving force throughout the story. Heck, without it, he never would have gone to the island in the first place.
Questions About Admiration
Why does Jacob admire his grandfather so much when he (Jacob) is a boy? Why does this change as he gets older?
Why doesn't Jacob's father respect his own dad? Do you think this will change after the events at the end of the book? How does Jacob feel about his dad's lack of respect for his grandfather?
Why do Miss Peregrine and Emma and the other peculiar children think Grandpa Abe was so amazing? Examples, please.
Chew on This
Jacob's admiration for his grandfather is closely tied to how much he trusts him. When he realizes his grandfather was always telling the truth, he starts looking up to him again.
Miss Peregrine and the peculiar children admire Jacob because he possesses many of his grandfather's best traits.