From Wikipedia:It came about as the result A list of books that are commonly found on reading lists for US high school English classes. Since they are available on feedbooks for kindle and other devices, Add to a list. Help Desk. Search icon An illustration of a magnifying glass. User icon An illustration of a person's head and chest. Sign up Log in. Ramsay - Mrs. Ramsay loves his family but often acts like something of a tyrant.
He tends to be selfish and harsh due to his persistent personal and professional anxieties. He fears, more than anything, that his work is insignificant in the grand scheme of things and that he will not be remembered by future generations.
Like Mr. Ramsay, Lily is plagued by fears that her work lacks worth. She begins a portrait of Mrs. Ramsay at the beginning of the novel but has trouble finishing it.
The opinions of men like Charles Tansley, who insists that women cannot paint or write, threaten to undermine her confidence. James loves his mother deeply and feels a murderous antipathy toward his father, with whom he must compete for Mrs. At the beginning of the novel, Mr. By this time, he has grown into a willful and moody young man who has much in common with his father, whom he detests.
Paul is a kind, impressionable young man who follows Mrs. Minta marries Paul Rayley at Mrs. Charles Tansley - A young philosopher and pupil of Mr. Ramsay who stays with the Ramsays on the Isle of Skye. Tansley is a prickly and unpleasant man who harbors deep insecurities regarding his humble background.
He often insults other people, particularly women such as Lily, whose talent and accomplishments he constantly calls into question. His bad behavior, like Mr. Bankes is a kind and mellow man whom Mrs. Ramsay hopes will marry Lily Briscoe.
Although he never marries her, Bankes and Lily remain close friends. Carmichael languishes in literary obscurity until his verse becomes popular during the war.
Andrew is a competent, independent young man, and he looks forward to a career as a mathematician. Roger is wild and adventurous, like his sister Nancy.
Prue Ramsay - The oldest Ramsay girl, a beautiful young woman. Rose has a talent for making things beautiful. Nancy accompanies Paul Rayley and Minta Doyle on their trip to the beach. Like her brother Roger, she is a wild adventurer. As a young girl, Cam is mischievous. She sails with James and Mr. Macalister - The fisherman who accompanies the Ramsays to the lighthouse. Macalister relates stories of shipwreck and maritime adventure to Mr.
Ramsay and compliments James on his handling of the boat while James lands it at the lighthouse. He rows James, Cam, and Mr. Ramsay to the lighthouse. Analysis of Major Characters Mrs. Ramsay Mrs. Though she realizes as James himself does that Mr. She does so not to raise expectations that will inevitably be dashed, but rather because she realizes that the beauties and pleasures of this world are ephemeral and should be preserved, protected, and cultivated as much as possible. So deep is this commitment that she behaves similarly to each of her guests, even those who do not deserve or appreciate her kindness.
Before heading into town, for example, she insists on asking Augustus Carmichael, whom she senses does not like her, if she can bring him anything to make his stay more comfortable.
Similarly, she tolerates the insufferable behavior of Charles Tansley, whose bitter attitude and awkward manners threaten to undo the delicate work she has done toward making a pleasant and inviting home. Ramsay feels the need to play this role primarily in the company of men. Indeed, Mrs. Ramsay feels obliged to protect the entire opposite sex. According to her, men shoulder the burden of ruling countries and managing economies. Their important work, she believes, leaves them vulnerable and in need of constant reassurance, a service that women can and should provide.
Although this dynamic fits squarely into traditional gender boundaries, it is important to note the strength that Mrs. Ramsay feels. At several points, she is aware of her own power, and her posture is far from that of a submissive woman. Ultimately, as is evident from her meeting with Mr.