Neglected Cats and Evil Tendencies by Prowlclaw

Prowlclaw analyses two characters from the series, Brokenstar and Breezepelt.

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Hello! Prowlclaw here with another article, this time on neglected cats in warriors.
So, just from reading the title, you probably are feeling the need to rant in the comments right now, but please read until the end. But with that out of the way, let’s start!
Ok, so we all know the infamous Brokenstar and his treacherous rule over Shadowclan, but how he became evil is not always clear. “Yes, we know he was neglected as a kit, but that doesn’t explain how he became so violent” I may hear you saying, but actually violent tendencies can be caused by, and I’m quoting here, “Previous aggressive or violent behavior, being the victim of physical abuse, exposure to violence in the home and/or community, being the victim of bullying, combination of stressful family socioeconomic factors (poverty, severe deprivation, marital breakup, single parenting, unemployment, loss of support from extended family), and genetic (family heredity) factors.” According to the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. Brokenstar was shown to be beating up his foster sister, and Yellowfang/ Raggedstar doing nothing about it. This was a huge mistake on their part because children shown attacking and threatening other children are more likely to experience violent tendencies in the future (ie. Killing Raggedstar and kits). Brokenstar was also never told that beating up other kits was wrong, because Raggedstar seemingly encouraged it. That is one of the major differences between someone like Crookedstar and Brokenstar. Crookedstar was tricked into thinking the dark forest was starclan, but everyone around him encouraged him to be the best of his ability. (Except Rainflower, of course)
Now let us move to a different cat, Breezepelt. I can feel the hate already rolling in, but I still ask that you still wait until the end. Okay, Breezepelt is not one of my favorites, but he gets a lot of hate for one thing. How his neglect made him violent. Now, for a little fact, the most popular form of child abuse in the United States is neglect, according to the U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services. Crowfeather abused his child, Breezepelt, by neglecting him. Neglect is no joke, especially emotional neglect. Failing to just hug a child, tell them how proud you are of them, or even talking to them can lead to the child being distant from the real world and having social problems later in life. Breezepelt’s anti-social behavior is an example of how this can effect a child. His aggressive conduct could also be a genetic problem, as stated in the paragraph above, but I think it’s for a different reason as well. When Breezepelt was around Nightcloud, she would tell him how much Crowfeather hates them both and how bad of a mate he was. So, already we have an example of Nightcloud forcing her hate on Breezepelt, which can increase the likelihood of violence later on (which I also stated above). This, however, was only the beginning. Breezepelt was also trained by (coincidentally or not) Brokenstar, who encouraged his violence on Crowfeather and all the cats that defied him. Breezepelt was ENCOURAGED to do bad deeds by another, someone who he could relate too. Brokenstar was probably more of a father than Crowfeather ever was, and for the first time felt that someone could be proud of him. This is what I meant by Breezepelt being distant from the real world. He found his family in a bunch of dead, immoral cats, that wished demise to the clans. But, in the end, Breezepelt was spared from the jaws of the dark forest, and maybe it was the right thing to do, because look at him now! He has a mate and kits, who he can love better than he was. It just goes to show that it’s not too late for anyone. I hope now that you’ve read this article, you see them both as far deeper characters and know their mental state isn’t a joke.
As a final note, if you or someone you know suffers from any form of child abuse, don’t hesitate to report it. Most often times, children don’t know what child abuse looks like, and when they finally notice it, the damage can irreversible. This article was also intended to raise awareness for neglected and abused children. On that note though, may Starclan light your path!

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  • Wow! You’re very persuasive! I’m still very far from liking Breezepelt, but those were good points!

  • OMSC this article was AMAZING! Very well written and has good evidence and logic to it. I totally agree with everything you said. I never even thought of how Brokenstar was like a father to Breezepelt in some way. But I like that idea/thought. And I really agree with the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry part. Very true and is/was a good source/quote to use for this article. Awesome job, Prowlclaw! I really like your articles and opinions. 😀👌🏽

  • FIRST COMMENT at least when I posted this =)
    I completely agree with this!!! If cats (or humans) are neglected, they could most definitely act in response to that, by trying to prove themselves (Breezepelt) or trying to prove to themselves that they don’t need other people (Brokenstar). This is an interesting article.
    (as I misspell half the words I type. ah, spellcheck)

  • Interesting article. However, I think Yellowfang was slightly paranoid and didn’t want to show any signs of her parenthood-like things for Brokenstar past maybe acting more interested in him. Also, Breezepelt may have been neglected, but that doesn’t excuse what he did. Same for Brokenstar.

    • Yellowfang could’ve at least talked to Raggedstar about their son’s behavior toward others, and maybe stopped his violence on others.
      I would’ve politely stated that I don’t defend Breezepelt, however, I just feel up to a challenge.
      So Breezepelt is not like a normal case of child neglect. There was almost no way possible that he would’ve turned “good.” Here are some factors to add in.

      1.Breezepelt had a terrible temper, which caused him not be taken seriously
      Breezepelt and Jayfeather were very much alike. The only difference is how accepting each other’s classmates were. I must say, Jayfeather was almost worse than Breezepelt, because he was power hungry and wanted to use his powers to his advantage. But, he had a loving family and classmates that accepted him for who he was, causing him to feel bad for what he did to them. Breezepelt, however, had no one. His clanmates treated him like he was an apprentice because of his temper or beat him down because of it. You might say though, “His mother loved him so much though!” That however, I will get to after this other factor.

      2. The Dark Forest
      Now, like I mentioned in the article, the Dark forest had a huge impact on him. His whole life, he was treated like nothing, then all of a sudden, the Dark Forest cats appeared. They claimed they could make his clan mates respect him, his father to love him, and make him happy. Breezepelt was so desperate to believe anything at this point, that he accepted. Soon Breezepelt realized that these cats treated him better than his birth clan. Think about it like this. Everyone in your house hates you, and you wish you could leave. One day, you find these people who praise you for working hard and learning new things, and best of all, they invite you to join them for the small price of getting back at the people who hurt you. It’s a double win, you get to hurt the people that hurt you and get to stay with the people you care about. Only a fool would turn down an offer like that. The only problem: They fed him toxic lies and basically brainwashed him into believing that the Dark Forest was his home. He was the perfect candidate because he fed into their lies. He didn’t care about his clan or his family like the other Trainees, so it didn’t take much for him to break.

      3. Nightcloud, the over praising mother
      Nightcloud was an interesting case. She praised her son for everything he did in an attempt to block out all the negative things his father or clanmates said. However, only things in small doses is good for you. Breezepelt soon learned that his mother was happy with everything he did, causing him to be unsatisfied with her praise, knowing she was lying. No one around him was happy except for his mother, so of course he would know she was lying.

      6. His father
      Self explanatory.

      5. The most important point
      Now let’s just say that after all that, Breezepelt regretted what he did in the Dark forest (Which he did eventually). Many times, he claims “Brokenstar/ Dakrforest didn’t tell him to do it!” But we all know they did. If they didn’t, he would’ve went on a killing spree within Windclan. But if he backed out then, they probably would’ve killed him. So he didn’t have much of a choice. A good comparison is like North Korea and Kim Jon Un.

      So for Brokenstar, I can’t defend him much because he had a 50/50 chance of turning out the way he did. I assure you that if Yellowfang or Raggedstar coached him a bit, it would’ve went a long way.

  • I agree with most of your points but I feel that you should of included Lizardstripe as a factor for Brokenstar’s behavior. According to Brokenkit when he was bullied by the other kits (Deerkit, Tanglekit and Runningkit) she blamed him since she didn’t like having another mouth to feed. She neglected to feed him and nips/snarls at him as a kit.