To the Lighthouse
To the Lighthouse
by Virginia Woolf
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Character Role Analysis

Mr. Carmichael

As Mrs. Ramsay bustles around stroking everyone’s ego, making sure their every need is met, only one man dares to say no: Mr. Carmichael. She can’t do anything for him, and this leads her to question her motives for helping other people and being kind. It’s human vanity, she concludes, giving us another layer of insight into her personality.

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