Sparktooth takes another look at Breezepelt and his character progression throughout the series.
Heyo bloggers! Sparktooth is finally back! This article is going to be focused on a severely debated character: Breezepelt. Some people love him, some hate him; others have a ‘meh’ opinion on him. I’m very neutral about Breezepelt, and can’t really decide if he’s just misunderstood, or truly evil in his heart. So I will reflect and analyze his life and choices, and then you can comment which one you think he is.
Breezepelt is the son of Crowfeather and Nightcloud, half-brother of Jayfeather, Lionblaze, and Hollyleaf. While growing up, Crowfeather really neglected him, which caused his mother to shower him with attention to make up for Crowfeather’s absence. But Breezepelt’s birth was both a good(because all kits births are, right?) and bad, because his parents didn’t truly love each other. I believe Crowfeather mated with her to prove his loyalty to WindClan. I don’t blame him, with Leafpool and Feathertail gone, his Clan was all he had left to live for. This tended to make him cranky around Breezepelt, which Breezepelt thought meant his own father hated him. Because of this he had a thirst to prove himself. Kind of like Scourge, he wanted to prove himself so bad he was blind to everything else; so that he followed it down the wrong path. Breezepelt did the same thing, if not he did something very similar.
He soon began to walk in the Dark Forest during dreams. Cats in there, such as Tigerstar, trained him.
“Breezepelt clawed the ground. ‘I can fight harder.’ Tigerstar nodded. ‘You have more reason than most.’ A growl rose in Breezepelt’s throat. ‘You have been wronged,’ Tigerstar meowed softly. Breezepelt’s young face looked kitlike in the gloom. ‘You’re the only ones who seem to realize that.’ ‘I have told you that you must seek vengeance,’ Tigerstar reminded him. ‘With our help, you can take revenge on every cat who has betrayed you.’ Breezepelt’s gaze grew hungry as the dark warrior went on.” —Fading Echos, pg. 4.
Tigerstar made him feel understood, and that taking revenge was the right way to go. I know a lot of people would say he’s misunderstood. But there are other cats in the series who went through the same thing. Crookedstar’s mother neglected him, like Crowfeather neglecting Breezepelt. And Mapleshade tried to trade him in the Dark Forest, like Tigerstar with Breezepelt. Crookedstar grew to be one of RiverClan’s greatest leaders, even faced with all those challenges. Breezepelt chose ambition, which isn’t a very wise choice. Tawnypelt walked out on Tigerstar when he summoned her to train, Breezepelt could’ve chose to walk away. But he chose to go with it. This decision shows Breezepelt let his anger take over him. Especially when he attempted to silence Jayfeather. That isn’t a very good trait in any cat, or person in real life. But then again, I can see what drove him to do that. Tigerstar kept manipulating him into thinking the world was against him.
So, what decision have you come too? Is Breezepelt misguided or truly evil in your opinion? I’m excited to see what you have to say! Thank you for reading! 😉