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but sasuke was definitely swayed by hashirama, we agree on that. i believe that the story of madara, and how he and hashirama were once close friends
was a huge factor in sasukes decision, but you could tell in the scene that showed all of itachis quotes that itachi's message had been going trough sasukes head for a while
he had been trying to weigh right and wrong, and find his own sense of justice