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7 "Crazy" Women in Literature Who Were Actually Being Totally Reasonable

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The physically and mentally ill generally get treated like garbage in classic literature, and no one gets a worse deal than women accused of madness. At one point, the default medical opinion was that all women were insane by nature. (COME ON.) Here are 7 women who really got a raw deal.

Topics: Books
Tags: the yellow wallpaper, hamlet, the scarlet letter, feminism, ophelia, jane eyre, heroines, fictional characters, dracula, east of eden, madame bovary, female characters, lady macbeth, women in literature, bertha rochester, mental illness in literature, don't even get us started on bertha rochester

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Taylor Noles

Taylor has very strong feelings about Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Her first name is actually Delaney, and her writing has appeared on VICE, NPR, and elsewhere. You can follow her on twitter @delaney_nolan

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