The Monsters are Due on Maple Street
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Evidence 1: The people of Maple Street are questioning why Les has his car running but all the others aren't running.
Theme: Blaming others and Trying to find A Scapegoat Can Lead to Violence
Evidence 2: Everyone is going after Charlie because the people thinks he is the monster.
Evidence 3: Everyone blames and attacks each other until they all die.
In the story, The Monsters Are Due On Maple Street by Rod Serling, the theme is "blaming others and trying to find a scapegoat can lead to violence". As it says on page 142, "Don: Maybe you better tell us. Nothing's working on this street. Nothing. No lights. No power, no radio. (Then meaningfully) nothing except yours!", this scene supports the theme because Don and everyone else that was there was blaming Les and questioning him on why his car was on and running, while everyone else's wasn't. They were turning on him and he didn't do anything bad. This shows that they blamed him and it leads to violence in the end. On page 146, it says "(A man breaks away from the crowd to chase Charlie. As the man tackles him and lands on top of him. The other people start to run toward them." this shows that it also supports the theme because the people of Maple Street were attacking Charlie because he accidentally killed Pete and because his house lights went on. Everyone is accusing him of being the monster and is causing them to chase after him and become very violent. In the story, on page 148 it says that "Man One: (shouting) It isn't the kid... It's Bob Weaver's house. Woman: It isn't Bob Weaver's house, it's Don Martin's place. Charlie: I tell you it's the kid." it shows the theme because since everyone is blaming one other. So they all kill each other because they were all trying to find a scapegoat. This is why the theme of The Monsters are Due On Maple Street is blaming others and trying to find the scapegoat can lead to violence. All the people are accusing, attacking, blaming their neighbors and it all lead to violence. So everyone died.
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