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Still intend to destroy Konoha
Be conflicted about destroying Konoha
No longer wish to destroy Konoha
As a young boy, he was able to do what no one else could. Maintain a tenuous peace in the village. And he followed that up by keeping Orochimaru, Danzou, and Tobi (disguised as Madara) in check, disregarding the burden it was on his soul.
I think they shared a mutual affection for the village and the promise of what it could be: the will of fire that illuminates brighter futures. And each seeing the direction the Uchiha were determined to go, sealed what remaining affection they held for the clan into their eyes.
If, as Tobirama states, this transformation hardens one's resolve, then it gives more meaning to that scene of Itachi often reference: the Konoha police accusing Itachi of killing Shisui.
With that line, Itachi is very clearly broadcasting his purpose, ambitions, and mission. Or at least it's direct in hindsight. He's accusing the Uchiha of failing to fulfill their full potential by living such an insular existence. To their detriment, they uphold the legacy of their clan above the collective legacy of those who came together to build something lasting and more inclusive. Because this idea is so foreign to them, they are unable to comprehend the depth of wisdom Itachi has reached by shedding such childish attachments.Quote:
The Uchiha risk war, risk "dying nobly" for a self-righteous cause. Itachi chooses to "live humbly" and miserably for his.
The above could very well be an affirmation of the will of fire and a rejection of that despair and loss the Uchiha are abnormally prone to.Quote:
In this bottom most panel where Itachi declares his intentions, he states he missed the secret meeting to reach the height of this capacity. The kunai through the Uchiha crest from the beginning has been highly symbolic and I think that here it means more than has been recognized. Itachi loved his clan. He set up everything for Sasuke to preserve a false reputation for them. But recognizing has far they would fall, he became disgusted by the hardline the clan was taking.
He was unable to accept the further pain a coup would cause. Civil war would leave the village vulnerable to the other nations. He also had a comrade who helped confirm his own ideas about the duty of shinobi. And so that day he fully chose to align himself with Konoha over his clan. But he says it best himself:
Wow. This ended up lengthier than I intended. I vaguely remember making a case a long time back, before even these latest revelations, about Itachi being a sort of shadow Kage keeping the balance and his death triggering an acceleration of various malevolent schemes, so I wanted to update those ideas now that Kishimoto's added more context to those situations. Time to finish the 620 review.Quote: