I literally never said it was meant to be a noble act but that he was responding to Henry shooting a cat. Just because you're interpreting it that way doesn't mean that was my intention. I said he was trying to teach him a lesson. Never said he wasn't horrible or awful. I said what they showed us wasn't believable enough for me to believe that Henry would stab his father in the throat, carve up a younger child with a switch blade, or attempt to impale a younger kid in the head with a tool meant for putting down sheep. There are so many more examples that they could've pulled from the book that I believe would've been more effective than what we got. To my knowledge, the only other time we see the father in the movie is when Henry is picking on the losers club outside of the school and Henry sees his father. So Henry is picking on those kids and his dad basically gives off the vibe that if he doesn't stop, there will be hell to pay then we see him again when he shoots at Henry's feet because he was about to kill a cat. There are SO many more examples that could've been pulled from the book instead of the father responding to Henry's behavior It seems like you are getting something different from my answer than what I'm trying to communicate so I'm done going back and forth with you.