How is Victor Frankenstein evil, and how is he good?

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Victor's sins are pride and selfishness.  In his involvement with the acquisition of scientific knowledge he commits the tragic mistake of others in the middle ages:  He pursues the powers of science without consideration to the consequences.  In this pride of his, Victor fails to take responsibility for his creation and its actions.  In one part of the novel, he attributes "spirits" to having caused the tragic actions.  In another he says,

"I felt as if I had committed some great crime, the consciousness of which haunted me.  I was guiltless, but I had indeed drawn a horrible curse upon my head, as mortal as that of crime."

In his selfishness, he does not come forward to admit what he has created, thereby saving Justine from death.  Instead, he remains quiet in order to preserve his own freedom.

Finally, Victor Frankenstein, whose foil is the loving Henry Clerval, finally realizes the danger of the creature and essays to arrest his murderous path. Yet, he rationalizes his behavior to...

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