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Thoughts on Charles Tansley in To the LighthouseIn To the Lighthouse Mr Ramsay serves as a role model for Charles Tansley and thus has great influence on Tansleys career and views toward women Because Tansley is from an unsuccessful family he needs a role model for success which he finds in Ramsay Tansley is staying at the Ramsay house during a holiday in order to work on his dissertation and to have access to Mr Ramsay Tansley greatly admires Ramsay and hopes to impress him They knew what he Tansley liked best - to be for ever walking up and down up and down with Mr Ramsay and saying who had won this who had won that 7 Charles Tansley is self-conscious about being from a poor unsuccessful family When Tansley walks with Mrs Ramsay to the store he talks about the circus with a self-consciousness that made her wince because his family could never afford to see the circus 11 My father is a chemist Mrs Ramsay He keeps a shop Tansley explains 12 Tansley aspires to be far more than a working man but fears that he may end up no more successful than his father 12 Thus Tansley feels the need to prove his intellectual capabilities His actions at the dinner party demonstrate his insecurity He had come down in his ordinary clothes He had not got any dress clothes 85 Because Tansley is too poor to afford nice clothing he feels very self-conscious He felt extremely even physically uncomfortable He wanted somebody to give him a chance of asserting himself 90 Ultimately Tansley is driven to succeed in life and overcome his humble background Although the Ramsays are not rich 22 Tansley admires Mr Ramsay and considers him successful enough to follow his career path Not only does Tansley desire to be a professor of philosophy he also is writing his dissertation on the same rare branch of metaphysics that Mr
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