Maplepaw analyzes the reasoning behind Mapleshade’s actions.
Hi, it’s Maplepaw with another article!
Ok so this will be my second article and I have chosen to do it on Mapleshade!
Now this article is purely a theory I have had, having not read Mapleshade’s Vengeance based on the events of Crookedstar’s Promise
Ok so hear we are
The Theory :
When Mapleshade helped trained Crookedstar through his life she was trying to do something good before the Dark Forest took over her mind.
The Evidence :
When you first see Mapleshade in Crookedstar’ Promise she is kind to him, helping him with his injury and keeping his hope’s up when his mother turns his back.
Then when she makes him promise to put his clan above all else, this seems to me like she is trying desperately to keep Crookedstar away from the same thing that she suffered, exile because of love.
As the book progresses you see that Mapleshade steers Crookedstar back on the path of his hopes and dreams , to be the leader of RiverClan.
Also you see that Mapleshade is beginning to become more and more aggressive in training as her sanity starts to slowly slip away from her. She makes Crookedstar leave his mother’s side , as she thinks this is what he would want her to say but then turns it into a plot for revenge later on in the book.
Her training seems to slowly get more malicious until Crookedstar sees Thistleclaw training and he realises what he is doing.
When Mapleshade realises that she can not guide Crookedstar like she wanted to, she snaps.
Immediately after this she seems to become crazy , like most members of the dark forest and we see a side to her that could not have co-existed with her kind personality at the start of the book.
The Problems :
Hawkfrost has also been know to trick cats with a seemingly kind personality
From what I have seem about Mapleshade’s Vengeance she was already mad (but she could have regretted what she had done after some time in the dark forest)
Looking back everything seemed to have an evil intention
So what do you think ??
Was Mapleshade helping Crookedstar really just her plotting revenge or was it her last grasp at sanity?