Why Is a Raven like a Writing Desk

Why Is a Raven like a Writing Desk?

Why is a raven like a writing desk? Come on, don’t you know the answer? You are probably laughing right now, aren’t you? It’s OK, it really sounds funny. If you start searching for this on the Internet, you will see that this is actually a riddle. However, it seems to have no answer. People are curious to find the answer, but after some time they just give up and start looking for the origin and meaning of this silly question.

The Origin

This funny riddle is actually famous! You can hear it in “Alice in Wonderland” by Lewis Carroll. This was the line that the Mad Hatter said at the tea party. He just said it, out of the blue: “Why is a raven like a writing desk?” He asked Alice if she knew the answer. She said she didn’t and then he said he didn’t know it either. Therefore, this riddle seems to have no answer! Case closed.

OK, But Why Is a Raven….?

Even if we are satisfied with this answer (that there is no answer to this riddle), some of us are still asking why Carroll wrote this riddle? Why did he use those particular words, instead of other words he could have used? Well, this question doesn’t have an answer either. Carroll himself tried to explain what it was about, but his explanation sounded like it could have been given by anyone else. Why “a raven”, and why “a writing desk”? The most probable explanation is that this riddle just came across his mind and he wrote it down! Perhaps he didn’t even think about the answer!

People are still trying to figure this out. It doesn’t really matter what Carroll says about it, there just has to be a reasonable explanation. Right? First, if you look at this riddle, you will see that it doesn’t sound reasonable at all. How can there be a reasonable explanation for something so silly? Why are people still trying to find the answer? Perhaps it has something to do with our persistence. We are always seeking for something, and we are always attracted to things we can not reach. That is for sure.

There is a discussion going on in order to solve this riddle. People are suggesting possible answers, and many of them make sense! However, we will never really know the meaning. All we can do is – keep guessing! If you think you know a good answer, write it here! We are also curious about this!

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