Is Brokenstar a punishment from StarClan?
I was rereading Yellowfang’s Secret earlier when I came across a phrase that struck me as odd.
“Was my kit a punishment from StarClan?”
We all know StarClan doles out punishment with impunity. Mudclaw’s death, Cinderpelt’s reincarnation (which is in a sense, is a reward for Cinderpelt but a punishment for Cinderheart, as it left her feeling like a shadow of a crippled medicine cat destined to follow her pawprints and serve as a wound-healer and hole-filler for the rest of her days. Nice going StarClan! You totally didn’t ruin Cinderheart’s relationships with her father, mother, and mate, not to mention her sense of purpose!), and much more.
But on those occasions, they only served to punish one. (Although they had no reason at all for doing that to Cinderheart, there’s StarClan logic- Sacrifice one cat for another!) Brokenstar’s birth destroyed many. In a way, you could possibly see this as a punishing for them all, but did Badgerpaw deserve to die? Raggedstar? Did Brightflower and Brackenfoot deserve to lose their kits, and did Marigoldkit and Mintkit deserve to lose their life? Did every mother deserve to lose her kits? Did every kit deserve to die? No, of course not. That notion is ridiculous- But then again, Cinderheart did nothing to deserve her punishment either.
So, were they all punished to serve a “greater good,” like Cinderheart, instead of being punished for actually doing something wrong, like Mudclaw? And what greater good would that be?)
It could be that the greater good would to teach medicine cats that they cannot have kits, or inform Raggedstar of his son’s cruelty. But so many deaths, so many hearts broken, just to teach this one lesson- I believe that that’s a ridiculously high cost. So, in conclusion, I believe that the birth of Brokenstar was an accident, not a punishment. Remember, some of StarClan are cats who have died very recently, and they could empathize with ShadowClan. They would believe in protecting as many lives as possible and probably have a greater say in things than the fading cats who now believe in serving “the greater good” instead of protecting life.
And as for Cinderheart?
Well, it wasn’t right, but it was only a small sacrifice, and Cinderpelt left her body eventually. Cinderpelt deserved a second chance, and, apparently, StarClan thought that outweighed Cinderheart’s happiness for a large portion of her life. I don’t know if I agree, but I understand why they did so.
Feel free to post other opinions of your own- I’m quite interested to see what other Bloggers have to say about this!
Do you think Brokenstar is a punishment from StarClan, or simply an accident?
(P.S: I’ve noticed something. When cats break the warrior code, they’re supposed to go to the Place of No Stars, aka the Dark Forest. But only cats who have killed another cat have gone there- Yellowfang didn’t go there, and Leafpool sure as heck won’t. [No matter how much I want her to..] I think that’s ridiculous, honestly. Why only enforce that for one kind of rule breaking? Perhaps the lovers are too sweet to share a home with murderers. Ah well- Grow up.)
Anyways, what do you think?