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# 19
12-23-2012, 06:02 PM
Shinzon's motive was partially revenge. He is human, and because of that the Romulans condemned him to slavery. He has presumably grown to hate humans, which is why he identifies himself as Reman.

He is also tormented at the idea that he is a clone of somebody else, somebody famous enough to make the history books. He therefore wants to outshine Picard, by doing something so horrible that Picard's good deeds will essentially be forgotten.

Yet he is still curious about Picard, and about the life he could have led if their positions were changed. That's why he put off kidnapping Picard for so long.
"With the first link, the chain is forged. The first speech censured ... the first thought forbidden ... the first freedom denied ... chains us all irrevocably."