Good Night Moon: A Critical Analysis

It is past midnight, and I should be in bed. After all, my productivity levels have been steadily waning since 11 p.m., and I’ve got to be up and ready for the new semester tomorrow, bright and early.

So, in my bid to go to sleep, I will say good-night to everything around me.

Good night empty chair of my roommate, Lara, who had the good sense to go to bed hours ago.

Good night vomiting cat across the hall, whose fate I do not envy.

Good night Miguel de Cervantes and Virginia Woolf and Tristan Tzara and Charlie Chaplin; I’ll see you again all-too-early.

And good night, beautiful satire of a Spark Notes version of Good Night Moon published in McSweeney’s in 2011 which includes the following delightful analysis of the title ‘character,’ which is beyond hilarious to an over-tired graduate student studying for exams:

The Moon — The moon in this piece acts as a traditionally feminine sign. Here, the bunny’s final “goodnight moon” demonstrates his completion of his rite of passage and his development into a full man bunny. The moon, which visually appears on every page, grows larger and more pronounced—it is a chanting feminine voice, haunting and disturbing his world. Just as he must overcome his sexual desire for the woman who says “hush,” the bunny must resist the impending femininity outside of his safe confines. In Queer Theory, the bunny’s final admonishment—”goodnight noises everywhere”—represents his full on embrace of a heteronormative lifestyle and a rejection of his “deviant” thoughts, probably about the kittens with the mittens. —Sean Walsh

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