Posted by: Brittany M | December 3, 2009

Unsolved Mysteries

At the tea party in chapter seven, the Mad Hatter offers more tea to Alice. Although this seems to be a common question (“Would you like some more of something”), Alice realizes she has had none in the first place, and therefore cannot receive ‘more’ of the drink. The Hatter then points out ” It’s very easy to take more than nothing.”

This quote has turned out to be rather mind-boggling. I have thought it over and although it seems to be just a tiny sentence in this book of confusion, this one thought has stuck with me. The fact that we can take more than nothing  easily is very simple to comprehend but at the same time it feels as though he is trying to say something deeper at the same time. I’m not quite sure what to make of it, although it is just another one of the mysterious lines in the story.

Another unsolved mystery is the riddle,”Why is a raven like a writing desk?” This is another boggling Mad Hatter quote from the tea party. I understand that it is a riddle that is meant to never be solved, but the fact that someone would think of a riddle that was never meant to be solved confuses me as well. I understand not all things are meant to have an answer or meaning, but the fact of creating a riddle to be unsolved just makes me ponder about Carroll’s intentions and the way his mind worked. If the story were to have only one confusing line I would not have put another thought to it, but it seems to be line after line after line. It brings me to conclude that this story is a story of unsolved mysteries.


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