The Existential Crisis of Goodnight Moon


So I have done a fair number of analyses of children’s books- but nothing comes close to this. Because this book is so full of meaning and existential despair that I have decided to show my workings to you all:



Looks heavy doesn’t it. that’s because beneath the seemingly minimalist style is the full weight of nihilistic philosophy. It’s not just about going to sleep- it’s about some severe anxiety and OCD behaviour patterns that underpin a deep seated feeling of resenting existence. It is everything and nothing all together.

Yeah, I know, deep stuff right. No I swear this is not just some claptrap I’m making up on the spot. If you “read between the lines” you’ll see this is chocoblock with symbolism about life and death. I mean clearly night and sleep are just metaphors for death. And the clocks are clearly ticking away in the background, counting down the minutes until we pass out of this world… Plus all those cats are clearly harbingers of doom. Lots and lots of doom.

So I think I’ve sufficiently proved my point- hope you enjoyed that extremely dark reading…

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26 thoughts on “The Existential Crisis of Goodnight Moon

  1. But, what does the MOON represent? Is it a pale reflection of our inner demon? Or is it a harbinger, a messenger of DOOM?!? Is it a symbolic threat, representing the destroying power of the unseen sun, or is it a literal threat, like in Star Wars where a moon crashed down onto a planet and killed Chewbacca?
    “Ahhh, Chewie, I knew him well”

    This kind of post, so early in the morning, is like gristle. You have to chew on it all morning long…

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  2. This has basically nothing to do with the existential crisis going on in the book, BUT a new biography about Margaret Wise Brown called In the Great Green Room just got released and every time someone mentions this book I jump through a wall like the Kool-aid Man and shout things like, “DID YOU KNOW MARGARET DIDN’T EVEN LIKE KIDS AND SHE WAS A REBEL BISEXUAL BADASS AND I LOVE HER” so yes.

    Your analysis itself is dark and brilliant and brings a whole new level of depth into Margaret’s inner thoughts. I dig it.

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  3. Gold! The marked page is fantastic! :D. Years ago I read a bedtime story to my younger cousin. After I read it, I reflected upon it and realized that it was a plug for communism. No joke. Told his dad and he laughed at me, but I am certain that that book had an ulterior motive!

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  4. This is just fascinating! It never occurred to me to break any of the children’s books I’ve read down like this. I would love to hear more details about how you break this down. As someone who never studied literature in school to the point of proper analysis, I’d love to hear your thoughts or learn about your thought process.

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    1. haha well my “reading between the lines” schtick is a joke- cos even though I studied literature at uni, I find some people take the whole thing a little too far- if you’re interested, the original piece I did on this is here:
      It actually goes into the difference between proper analysis and people just making things up (in this case I was just making stuff up for fun 😉 )

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    1. hehehe well don’t take it too seriously!! These are just joke pieces I like to do where I pretend to “read between the lines” of a book. I mean I could be right- but I do actually hope in this case that there aren’t nihilistic messages embedded in children’s books 😉


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