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... De Lacey family to represent her alternative ideology: a vision of a social group based on justice, equality, and mutual affection (Mellor, Anne K. 358). Mellor argues that all of these feminist beliefs and thoughts were a result of Shelley's mother, Mary Wollstonecraft, and her book “A Vindication of the Rights of Woman”. In this book, Wollstonecraft portrays the consequences of a social construction of gender that values the male above the female. She also argues that females are capable of intellectual greatness equal if not better than men (Grogan, Claire). Mellor states that Shelley was “doubtlessly inspired by her mother's [novel]”(Mellor, Anne K. 356). Finally, Anne Mellor conjectures that Shelley is trying to imply that, had the De Lacey family had a mother figure, they would have been more able to accept the creature into their home (Mellor, Anne K. 359).
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