But what about what Jasper did to Amethyst? I think that's also why people are saying she's can't be redeemed because of that.
I’ve said before that Jasper trying to shatter Amethyst’s gemstone in Crack the Whip was unacceptable. That wasn’t self-defense, and it wasn’t fighting a hostile foe. Amethyst was helpless. Jasper had no good reason to shatter her, but she wanted to anyway. I’m not going to defend that, obviously.
But I am going to defend Jasper. Because we’ve seen where she got that toxic world view. She’s not out there casually murdering people for fun. She has deeply held beliefs about the importance of serving the diamonds, of doing what you were made for, of not being defective. And we know why she thinks that.
As we know, quartz gems form
immediate and strong bonds with one another (see: Amethyst in That Will Be
All). Jasper had an entire kindergarten full of “defective” Quartz sisters to
bond with. But then they all died, and Jasper was left to pick up the pieces.
And Jasper believes, deeply, that
the world is a just and orderly place. That things happen for a reason. That we
all get what we deserve. That means her sisters must have deserved to die,
because the alternative is that the world is cruel and indifferent and
slaughters the innocent to no purpose.
Jasper doesn’t want to believe that, and she can’t bring herself to blame the Diamonds, so she has to blame Rose, and her sisters, and all defective gems like them. It must be their fault that they weren’t made right. Killing them is the natural order of things, it’s what must be done.
(That’s not a surprising conclusion—plenty of people think that way in the real world.)
But that’s all the more reason to show Jasper rejecting that toxic mindset. If she was meant to be some irredeemable cartoon villain, she would just be evil for no reason. But she’s not. We know the how and why behind her thinking, and they wouldn’t show that to us if it wasn’t crucial to her narrative. A narrative that will, hopefully, show her adopting a healthy world view, one that embraces defects in others, and in herself.
Because children need to see that Jasper’s current mindset is wrong, and should be dispensed with. It’s no coincidence that Amethyst was her target. People, like Amethyst herself, are not actually defective. We don’t exist for a purpose, we’re not here to be a certain way or do certain things. Our lives are enough. And when bad things happen to us, that’s not our fault. We don’t deserve abuse. We don’t deserve to die.
And neither does Jasper. She is not a good person. She’s hurt others, and been hurt herself. Which is all the more reason to show children that even people who have suffered greatly and done terrible things can change, can grow, can learn to forgive and be forgiven.
No one “deserves” redemption. But
everyone deserves the chance to earn it.