The Monsters Are Due On Maple Street

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  • In this story the people of Maple Street turn against each other, when they see an unknown enemy which they couldn't explain.
  • The conflict was when they turned against their neighbors in an effort to find the truth.
  • What was that?
  • (Later that day) Whoever was in that thing that came over. I don't think they want us to leave here.
  • Guess it was a meteor honey. Came awfully close didn't it.
  • the monsters are due on maple street
  • Maybe you better tell us. Nothing's working on this street. Nothing. No lights, no power, no radio, nothing except one car- yours!
  • In the story "The Monsters Are Due On Maple Street" the theme of mankind can be its own worst enemy, is best developed through the author's use of conflict.
  • It's Pete Van Horn!
  • You killed him, Charlie. You shot him dead!
  • This scene shows how they will believe wild assumptions about things if they are in the dark . Like how in real life mankind relied on religion for the answers to scientific questions.
  • By no means, their world is full of Maple Streets and we'll go from one to the other and let them destroy themselves. One to the other... One to the other... One to the other.
  • Then I take it this place... this Maple Street... is not unique.
  • It shows that in a certain situation normal things can become suspicious and arouse alarm. In the real world this happens when you have funny banking, it's fine until there is talk of embezzlement.
  • Now thats supposed to incriminate me, huh?
  • This shows that fear can bring about harsh action where people react before thinking. The reality of it is that suspicion and paranoia cause people to act irrationally.
  • The theme is that mankind can be his own worst enemy.
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