It is pretty interesting noticing the similarities in the recent story of One Piece (Punk Hazard + Dressrosa) and Snow White:
On top of that 'conveniently coincidental scene' I mentioned in my previous post (Monet stopping Caesar before he squeezed her heart), there are some other seemingly coincidental scenes I find myself puzzling over.
It is apparent that snow is inextricably linked to Monet's character with her being a Yuki-Onna. Throughout the Punk Hazard Arc, since the frozen side of Island was revealed and whenever the focus shifted to scenes of the outside, there was always snow shown to be falling, expect for one chapter, the chapter after Monet's heart was stabbed (chapter 695).
Monet's heart in stabbed in chapter 694, but strangely in chapter 695, no snow is shown outside during the "battle" with Baby 5, Buffalo and Caesar. It is further cast into the realms of curiosity when you note that prior to chapter 695, there was snow to be shown falling outside - you can see it falling during the Franky vs Baby 5/Buffalo fight. Snow is shown to be falling again in chapter 696 - an indication Monet is alive? We have seen how snow stops falling (at least in Biscuit's Room) when Monet was temporarily incapacitated after being slashed by Zoro and Tashigi. The same thing could have happened after her heart was stabbed [shallowly] by Caesar and she [temporarily] lost consciousness. After Oda made the effort to illustrate snow falling outside for every single chapter focusing on the outside of the frozen part of Punk Hazard, except chapter 695, I can't help but take that to mean something. Or is this another 'conveniently coincidental scene'?
Then there is also this, note the Snow Rabbit attack by Monet in chapter 687:
Now note this scene in chapter 700 - the appearance of Snow Rabbits in the ocean waves:
What are we supposed to take that as meaning? Another 'conveniently coincidental scene'? Or does it have a more focused meaning; such as indicating Monet's survival, or the revival of the Yuki Yuki no Mi in one of fruits stored in Sanji's kitchen, or Monet's heart being taken by one of the Strawhats from Punk Hazard? Whatever it is, it is clear that Oda intended to relate Monet (and/or her Snow Rabbit ability) to that scene in chapter 700 (typical Oda writing style?)
Given the Rabbit motif, rabbits are often associated with the moon (the moon rabbit folklore) and signify rebirth and resurrection. In chapter 666, page 6, third panel, we see one of the books Monet to be interested in reading to potentially be an astronomy book (well "ASTRO" is clearly visible on the spine of the book), in the 5th panel when Monet turns around, we can notice 4 letters on the spine of the top book - "CLIP", if we continue with the space theme, we can infer that to potentially be "Eclipse". From chapter 392 we are aware that there are highly likely 6 moons around the world of One Piece - the moons may become relevant to the story of One Piece later (could explain why the weather of the One World is so unstable and the Ancient Weapon Uranus could be related to the moons). Rabbits also serve as a good symbol for Spring (which comes after Winter) which represents new life and new beginnings. Also another interesting point is that Monet shares similar characteristics to people born into the Year of the Rabbit (intelligent, intuitive, gracious, kind, loyal, sensitive to beauty, diplomatic and peace-loving, but prone to moodiness and periods of melancholy). I could be reading too deeply into this, but my delusion is beckoning me.
Another seemingly relevant scene hinting towards Monet is the colour spread for chapter 733:
It is a winter themed colour spread for December, so no surprise it is winter related, but that "snow woman" sure does resemble Monet in a significant way O.o.
So many "coincidental" moments surrounding the massive coincidence of Caesar stabbing Monet's heart right before she pushes the button to destroy Punk Hazard... O.o.
The hardest question to answer is why Monet's character should stay alive =/. The fact that Monet's past is a complete mystery, including her relationship with Doflamingo, on top of strange actions she had taken during Punk Hazard, could be enough to encapsulate a reason sufficient enough to warrant some extra screen time from Monet.
I was thinking about Monet's character and couldn't get over how empty/blank she looked for the majority of the Punk Hazard Arc. Only when it came to sacrificing herself to erase the "evidence" on Punk Hazard did Monet start to show emotion. I suppose her embodying snow symbolised the frozen state of water (where water represents emotion).
Could it be that along with taking comfort in serving Doflamingo, she took happiness in being able to end her life in a certain way?