The Monsters are Coming to Maple Street Theme
Theme: Don't Jump to Conclusions because it will lead to violence.
Evidence 1: After Tommy tells everybody about "The Monsters," and Les Goodman's car starts by itself, Don Martin assumes that Goodman is the "monster."
Charlie assumes the shape in the darkness is a monster and shoots it, only to find out later that is was Pete Van Horn.
Les Goodman is mad about charlie going after him after charlie kills Van Horn Goodman assumes and says "You were so quick to kill, Charlie, and you were so quick to tell us who we had to be careful of. "
Theme: Don't Jump to Conclusions Because it will lead to Violence
One of the main themes in The Monsters are Coming to Maple Street is don't jump to conclusions because it lead to violence. One point in the story that supports this is after Tommy tells everyone about the aliens and Les Goodman's car starts and turns off by itself, Don assumes that Goodman is the "monster/alien." This scene supports the theme don't jump to conclusions because it will lead to violence. Don Martin jumped to the conclusion that Goodman was the monster because he did not come out to look at the flash in the sky. Another woman also jumps to the same conclusion because she has seen him looking up at the sky at night because of his insomnia. A second piece of evidence in the teleplay is when Charlie assumes the figure in the darkness is a monster and shoots it, only to find out later that it was Pete Van Horn. This scene also supports the theme don't jump to conclusions because it will lead to violence in multiple ways. First, Charlie was scared and jumped to the conclusion that it was a monster in the darkness instead of a neighbor. Second nobody except Steve tried to stop him, so they must have come to the same conclusion. The third piece of evidence is when Les Goodman is mad at Charlie fro going after him so after charlie kills someone, Goodman assumes that he is the monster and says "You were so quick to kill, Charlie, and so quick to tell us who we had to be careful of." This scene also supports the theme in multiple ways. First, Goodman is mad at Charlie so he immediately jumps to the conclusion that Charlie is the monster with out giving it a second thought. Second, everyone else agrees because they are scared and want to put the blame on someone so they do not give the idea a second thought either. These are some of the reasons why don't jump to conclusions because they can lead to violence is one of the main themes of The Monsters are Coming to Maple Street.
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