Falling Snow argues that Dovewing is selfish – what do you think?
Before I start, I’ll say that I was a Dovewing fan. Until I re-read A Vision of Shadows, and Tigerheart’s Shadow. In this article, I’m not going to be saying Dovewing is a Mary Sue or anything like that because she’s not. What I’m going to be focusing on, is how selfish and unreasonable her actions are. Let’s begin
In Omen of The Stars, I really liked Dovewing. At least, I liked Dovewing as a character. Her actions are also not so reasonable there. If you pay attention to her meetings with Tigerheart, Dovewing never once thinks of how disloyal she’s being to her clan. She continues meeting him, and she only stops when he supposedly used her for herbs. She doesn’t once think of her clan or how selfish she’s being. In the last hope she only says to herself “ok I’ll meet him again but if it still feels wrong, I’ll stop”. She doesn’t go “this is disloyal, I shouldn’t be doing this”. With cats like Bristlefrost, Rootspring, Leafpool, and Lionblaze, we see them think of their clan and think of how this would affect them. They choose to be loyal, unlike Dovewing who only cared about herself. I honestly hate Tigerheart, he’s a terrible person (cat) in every book. I despise him, but I do not despise Dovewing. I do however, despise Dovewing X Tigerheart. It only gets worse after that…
In a vision of shadows, Dovewing just keeps on meeting Tigerheart, she doesn’t care about her disloyalty, and she does the same things she did in omen of the stars. And of course, she starts expecting kits. Her reaction to the kits is just so irritating to me as a reader, and extremely annoyed me. Dovewing decides to abandon her clan, abandon her kin, abandon everything just because she’s had dreams. She’s worried about her kits safety, since she’s having dreams about her kits supposedly dying in the nursery. Of course, the special Dovewing thinks it’s perfectly fine to leave her clan because she’s SPECIAL!!!!!! Not only that, she manipulates and pressures Tigerheart into leaving with her. Leaving when his clan is at CHAOS. That’s just so selfish on so many different levels. Oh did I mention.. she thinks that a hostile city, and a random place, filled with twolegs and dangers, is safer than a clan filled with trained WARRIORS. That’s just not smart.
Then when she comes back, she expects all of ThunderClan to welcome her with open arms, and gets upset when Ivypool is mad at her. I mean, of course your sister is gonna be hurt, you abandoned her, didn’t say anything, came back, and now you’re leaving her again to go to a different clan.
The final thing I want to talk about, is her random thought in sign of the moon. She thinks to herself “does she (Ivypool) think she’s better than me just because she’s doing this for our clan?” (spying on the dark forest) and she gets jealous. So Dovewing also thinks she’s better than Ivypool.
I just don’t understand Dovewing and I can’t like her anymore. I don’t hate her, but I don’t think she’s a likeable character whatsoever. She’s just really selfish and unreasonable. Anyways I’m going to end my article right there. I hope you enjoyed it, and farewell for now!