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Commodus changes for the worse He is innately devious and this is not resolved throughout Gladiator He identifies his main adversary as Maximus his fathers favourite but in reality it is his own lack of moral fibre that is his greatest enemy Maximuss fallicious death triggers a surge towards a more confident vehement Commodus but when Maximus resurfaces there is a resumption of his initial personality As any emergence any improvement retracts Maximuss strengths are Commoduss weakenesses Commodus realises this and holds Maximus in contempt Maximus is everything Commodus aspires to be Whilst Maximuss glass is full of orthodox qualities Commoduss is almost empty apart from a few unvirtuous qualities he embodies It is this emptiness that makes his lack of moral fibre so transparent Marcus Aurelius sees through the glass and intends to deny Commodus succession by reverting Rome to a Republic It is here in Commoduss murder of his father that we see the true extent of his destructive capacity Maximus has the love of Lucilla in which Commodus intensley desires Maximus has the love of Aurelius the kind of filial love Commodus has always longed for Maximus has acceptance the kind Commodus will never achieve because he is an effete Maximus is loved respected and is in commands of power whereas Commodus is not It is these intangible commodities that motivate Commodus to aspire to metaphorically become Maximus He acknowledges Maximuss charisma as an obstacle and sets out to eradicate Maximus accordingly He is however unsuccessful in his plight Commodus indicts others as the cause of his deficency He fails to recognise that his greatest obstacle is his inner-self If he had identified the key to success as self-discovery then he may have acheived his goals Commodus does not however and makes no growth positive growth as a character He remains immoral fearful ambitous greedy weak and shrouded in consuming jealousy These qualities are expressed in his actions and
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