Cloudjumper shares their thoughts on Mapleshade.
Hello! I’m Cloudjumper, the she-cat from RiverClan. This is my honest opinion on Mapleshade from the Warriors series!
Well, do you like Mapleshade? I personally like her but don’t think her actions should be justified. You may think she is just misunderstood, and her actions should be justified, but I don’t exactly agree with you. I feel horribly sorry for Mapleshade and I don’t agree that she should have been exiled by Oakstar and Darkstar. Ravenwing had told the Clan, leaving Mapleshade with a reason to hate her. Although, I don’t think she had to go out of her way to murder her and the others. Appledusk may have been horrible to her, but she also shouldn’t have killed him, nor Frecklewish. Mapleshade’s hallucinations and the death of her kits were unbelievably sad. I don’t fully understand why she killed those cats. She may have been heartbroken and alone, but she should have appreciated the time she had with those cats instead and maybe joined a new Clan or lived as a loner. I read Mapleshade’s Vengeance and enjoyed it, but still believe she could have been a good warrior. With or without Appledusk’s love, she could have been a good warrior. Maybe even ‘fixed’ it like Graystripe had. I don’t understand why she was driven insane, she could have been a better cat instead of the evil cat we all know now. I personally still want a good Mapleshade. Also, if Mapleshade only did that because of heartbreak, why did she have to suffer and join the Dark Forest? I think at least, she should have joined StarClan like other ‘misunderstood’ cats. Now, on to the part that “I don’t exactly agree with you.”. Since she was semi-misunderstood and deserved better, I like her. The writers obviously portrayed her emotions and feelings,(I just don’t understand them fully) leaving her an openly good character. Her character can be relatable (NOT on a murderer level) and she had a good motive. The only thing I don’t understand is why they kept her ‘alive’. I believe she’s been alive for a long time, and probably should have died at the great battle. But no, she’s too powerful and blah blah blah.
Anyways, that was my fully honest opinion on Mapleshade! Thank you for taking your time to read this!