Why Not?

Nevar by Hersh T.
November 10, 2009, 1:13 am
Filed under: Hersh
Who doesn’t enjoy that feeling one gets from knowing something that someone doesn’t know and wishes desperately to know. The feeling of power and heightened ability gives us a boost to the most controlling force in this universe, the ego. When we are able to say something or do something that we understand but confuses our target then we get an ego boost. In the story when the Hatter asks, “Why is a raven like a writing-desk,” he is asking a question to Alice and later it shows that even he does not know the answer. This is simply however, Carroll showing us that he understands that he can get an ego boost and so he is capitalizing. He is saysing throught the Hatter, that it takes more than just who all is there to be able to solve this riddle. He knows the answer and is deceiving us by putting forth the idea that even he does not quite understand the riddle. As the annotation suggests, many different people have tried to retrieve the ego boost associated with solving something that confounds many other intelligent people.
Again, in the annotation it states that Carroll had designed this riddle to have no answer and simply in hindsight he realizes that an acceptable solution exists. However, as I said in a previous blog, we truly do not know what is going in the mind of Carroll and the annotator can only suppose so much before the claims begin to become ridiculous. Carroll knew the answer and his subtle trails that he left leading us astray can be ignored if we simply address the most motivating force on the face of the planet. Ego. With Carroll acknowledging that this riddle is unsolvable he is subtly challenging us to solve it. Many have tried to solve the riddle and we once again run into the idea of Carroll knowing what he wants versus what we want him to know. Another very striking example that fits in perfectly here is when Carroll provided his ingenius solution, “Because it can produce a few notes, tho they are very flar; and it is nevar put with the wrong end in the front.” At first glance it seems as thought the answer is even more confusing then the question. However, if we think for a second, raven spelled backward is nevar. The idea that he purposely misspelled a word comes to us now, but the editor who butchered this unique answer who thought he caught a mistake of the great Lewis Carroll clouds the ingenuity. The ego search that the editor was on ruined a very different style of answer that now will “nevar” be as well known.

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