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the amiableness of domestic affection

Although no reader of Frankenstein, if asked to list its chief concerns, would be likely to narrow the range to the value of domesticity and virtue, we can discern in this emphasis a veiled attempt to steer potential critics away from an attack on the novel's political or religious implications. At the same time, the domestic affections are certainly of import for the novel, yet like many other themes encountered in its progressive development, their value becomes increasingly ambiguous.