A Raven and a Writing Desk
This one riddle, “Why is a raven like a writing-desk,” has been analyzed. Scholars throughout the years have tried to find the meaning – the answer to this seemingly un-answerable riddle. Carroll himself was pestered so much he released an official statement in the preface of his next Alice book that was supposed to answer the riddle. The preface said, “Because it can produce a few notes, tho they are very flat; and it is never put with the wrong end it front”. Even after the creator of the riddle gave an “answer” scholars still questioned it. Denis Crutch even said that in the original preface Carroll had written, ‘never’ was supposed to be spelled ‘nevar’ (raven backwards). Even after this, scholars still tried to find, or make, their own answers.
This brings me to the question:
“Have scholars over-analyzed the Mad Hatter’s Quote?”
After all, Carroll did write the story for children. Maybe the Hatter’s quote was just an excuse to get the real Alice to laugh. Or maybe the quote was just put in the story to provide comic relief and release tension. I believe that scholars have over analyzed the riddle. But this isn’t just about me. Tell me what YOU think in the comments below.