Iceclaw dives into one of the most controversial characters of Warriors.
Rainflower is a mean, abusive mother. That’s what I thought when I first read Crookedstar’s Promise. What kind of mother would do that to her kit? I know I can’t change your mind and I’m not trying to, but here’s my opinion on Rainflower.
Sure, Rainflower is not the best of cats. In fact, she was probably one of the worst mothers in the warrior series. I don’t think she’s exactly bad too.
(By the way, I got an some ideas from an article I read in a Warriors blog)
But I think we’re all so focused on the bad part of her that we don’t focus on the good part. There are signs where she showed her care and love to Crookedstar. Remember when Crookedstar (Crookedkit then) ran away? Rainflower came to him and welcomed him saying that she was glad that he was back. [pg. 112] Rainflower was not exactly disagreeable either. She did cheer when Crookedstar got his apprentice name. [pg. 126] Vicky ‘confirmed that she made amends with Crookedstar in StarClan.’ [Stated in Warriors Wiki] I think she is a proud cat. Maybe that is the reason why that drove her to be cruel to Crookedstar. She had pride in Crookedstar, happy that he was her ‘handsome warrior’. When Crookedstar broke his jaw, other than being upset, she was also surprised. There he was her ‘handsome warrior’. Suddenly, he had a broken jaw which might have been horrific to her. It must have hurt her pride. Put it this way. When people’s pride get hurt, it leads them to making choices. Bad ones.
She must have also blamed herself too. She had told Crookedkit and Oakkit to stay in camp but they didn’t out of curiosity. She might have felt guilty. She didn’t really intervene. Instead she kept on sleeping when Crookedkit and Oakkit ventured out into the forest.
In conclusion, Rainflower is a cat that made mistakes. But at least she made up with Crookedstar in the end. She did show acts of love once in a while. So I do think Rainflower was a cat with a heart. She does have flaws but I don’t want it to describe her.