Sparktooth shares their opinion about Mapleshade.
What sup bloggers? Sparktooth is back! It probably wasn’t the best decision criticising Mapleshade as my second article (because I made one about defending Millie as my first lol). But I’m gonna do it anyways. Today I’m gonna state three reasons why I think Mapleshade is an overrated character. This is my opinion so please respect it. 🙂
Contains spoilers for Mapleshade’s Vengeance.
The first reason I don’t like her is because of how she acts in the start of Mapleshade’s Vengeance. In the beginning, Mapleshade and Appledusk were in love. A classic Thunderclan and Riverclan romance. When Mapleshade had kits, she decided to keep it a secret that they’re half-Clan.
“‘Are these Birchface’s kits?’ Frecklewish whispered. ‘Is my brother going to live on through you?’ The air in the den was suddenly so thick that Mapleshade couldn’t catch her breath…. ‘I’m right, aren’t I? Oh, thank you Starclan! And thank you, Mapleshade! You will never know how much this means to me. I…I thought I would never be happy after Birchface was killed…’” —Mapleshade’s Vengeance, pgs. 16-17
This scene made me furious at Mapleshade. She knew she couldn’t lie, she even thought it herself. Mapleshade’s just willing to sit back and let people believe Birchface was her kits’ father. Frecklewish was so happy when she thought her brother’s kits would live on in the clan. I just find it cruel that Mapleshade broke her heart when the truth was revealed. It was her fault she lied to Thunderclan about who her mate was. Then she just expects them to act as though nothing happened and let her stay. The thing that really triggers me is that Mapleshade thinks just because these kits were half-Clan, the two clans were going to magically get along. When has that ever happened in the series?
My second reason: how she blames the loss of her kits on other cats. I will admit Oakstar could’ve waited to exile them until after the storm. When he does exile them, Mapleshade lead her kits to the Riverclan border. It like she expects all of Riverclan will bow at her paws and welcome her and her kits with no questions. Then she mindlessly makes her kits try to swim across during a storm! It was obviously dangerous! I do feel bad for her when her kits die, though. But it was her fault they died! A mother should always do what’s right for her kits and what keeps them safe. Let me ask you this: What is safe about swimming across a flowing river in a storm!? I don’t blame Appledusk for leaving her. What would you do if your so-called ‘mate’ killed your kids? Plus, Appledusk and Reedfeather’s grand-kits are important in the series. At least Appledusk was honest with Darkstar and told her the truth. That was most likely one of the reasons why Darkstar allowed him to stay.
“Mapleshade opened her mouth to explain but Appledusk spoke first. ‘Mapleshade’s Clanmates learned the truth and she had to leave. The river flooded and the kits were too young to swim across.’ His voice faltered. Mapleshade stared at him. You’re making this sound like this is my fault!” —Mapleshade’s Vengeance, pg. 51.
*scowls* That’s because it was your fault, Mapleshade! She caused pain for both Frecklewish and Appledusk.
The third and final reason: how blaming cats and the whole of Thunderclan is supposed to be an excuse for her murder spree. I truly believe Mapleshade is more evil than Tigerstar! She went around killing cats to avenge her kits. Starting with the three she deemed responsible: Ravenwing, Frecklewish, and Appledusk. This plot made me confused. This was supposed to make the reader think Mapleshade wasn’t as evil as she seemed? The death of her kits is no excuse for her to kill Frecklewish and say, “I hope you die in agony!” I feel the same way for how she killed Ravenwing and Appledusk. She was the one to betray them! She died from a massive injury in a barn, mad and alone. Soon after death, she started to visit the dreams of several cats (such as Crookedstar, Goosefeather, etc.) and trying to turn them into aggressive cats. She even taught cats to fight brutally in the dark forest! Not to mention she almost killed Sandstorm because of jealousy!!! Someone please tell me how that’s supposed to work.
I honestly don’t understand why Mapleshade is such a popular character. Maybe it’s just me, but that’s my opinion for you. Even if you are still a fan of Mapleshade, I hope you enjoyed reading! 🙂