Re: Itachi's predicament
Itachi never had to slaughter his clan. The 3rd hokage never wanted him to, and said there was another way, although by the time he tried to do something... Itachi has already killed his clan.
His clan were nothing more than a group of people who believed because they had power they were "royalty". Itachi himself classed his clan as Arrogant, as far as i'm concerned, they deserved to die.... Itachi took the responsibility in keeping it a secret to protect the village. The only people who knew kept it a secret, as itachi knew that he would have to be the villain.
How did they portray him.. he had a mission that he accepted, end of story.