Mimielle’s Musings: 10 Delightful Madwomen You Really Should Get to Know

Today if you Google “women…insanity”, you will mostly get hits for an exercise program that some people advocate with the dubious boast of it of making them vomit.  Instead, I will sit here with my nice cup of milky tea, curled up in my comfy chair and take you on a little tour of The Ophelia Gallery and reveal to you another view and definition in the form of a little list for your future reading pleasure…

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1. Emilie Autumn, present, not a character, mental health advocate, she is bipolar, a talented musician and addresses ‘madness’ through her music, stage shows and also through her semi-autobiographical writing, most notable to date is her hefty illustrated tome ‘The Asylum for Wayward Victorian Girls’ soon to be a self-narrated audio-book.
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2. Cathy Earnshaw

(fictional character, Wuthering Heights, Emily Bronte, 1847)
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3. Bertha Rochester

(fictional character, Jane Eyre, Charlotte Bronte,  1847 )
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4. Emma Bovary

(fictional character, Madame Bovary, Gustave Flaubert, 1857)

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5. Anne Catherick

(fictional character but based on a true story, The Woman in White, Wilkie Collins, 1860)
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6. Rebecca

(fictional character, Rebecca, Daphne du Maurier 1938)
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7. Anna Wulf

(fictional character The Golden Notebook, Doris Lessing, 1962)
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8. Esther Greenwood

(semi-autobiographical character, The Bell Jar, Sylvia Plath, 1963)
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9. Annie Wilkes

(fictional character, Misery, Stephen King, 1987)

 

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Notes & Quotes:

“If a man wanted to get rid of his wife, he would simply get two doctors to certify her and lock her up,” says John Sutherland, Emeritus professor of English Literature at University College London. “It’s what Dickens himself did when his wife kicked up a fuss at his affair.”

Many of these have been made into films but there is nothing quite like letting the madness creep in at 3 am when the world is full of shadows, the silence is all around and you and your mind are all alone together, the only ones awake.

In closing…”Mimi, why only nine, why not 10?”
“Why…does it…bother you?” 🙂

OK then, go read about Ophelia in Hamlet, she will be our #10.

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Mad Music Scream-Along for the Day: Emilie Autumn, “Opheliac”

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Stay Beautiful, Addicts! ~Mimielle~

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