The Monsters are Due on Maple Street, Plot Diagram


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This is a sample "plot map" of the famous Twilight Zone story, The Monsters are due on Maple Street. This is an example of how one could teach the parts of a narrative with storyboards!

Storyboard Text

  • Exposition
  • Charlie
  • Steve Brand (protagonist)
  • Charlie's Wife
  • Mrs. Brand
  • The Monsters Are Due on Maple Street - by Rod Serling
  • Les Goodman
  • Sally
  • Tommy (Sally's son)
  • Mrs. Goodman
  • One summer evening...
  • Pete Van Horn
  • The neighbors are chatting outside during a normal evening on Maple Street.
  • Don Martin
  • Suddenly, there's a flash and roar. The electricity goes out in the neighborhood.
  • Conflict
  • "What was that? A meteor?" (668)
  • "Electricity's off. Phone won't work... Radio's gone dead..." (669)
  • "'They don't want us to leave... they shut everything off.'" (671)
  • Tommy
  • Rising Action
  • I'm going to check it out. See ya later.
  • The neighbors try to find the source of the power outage. Tommy insists it is caused by an invading alien family living in disguise on their street.
  • Hey your car started. Suspicious.
  • Hey, let's not make this a witch hunt.
  • It's aliens!
  • Climax
  • Charlie shoots the shadow, which collapses. Now, lights and appliances begin to turn on and off.
  • I'm not going to wait and see, I'm going to shoot it.
  • A shadow approaches
  • Oh God, it wasn't an intruder, It's Pete Van Horn. He's dead!
  • "'... I didn't know who he was... How was I supposed to know he wasn't a monster or something?...'" (680)
  • The neigborhood loses control, and devolves into an angry mob, smashing windows and grabbing weapons.
  • Falling Action
  • We finally zoom out and get to see aliens in a spaceship. They've set up this situation to turn the humans against each other.
  • Resolution
  • "'... 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...'" (684)
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