The Monsters Are Due on Maple Street: Theme
By kristofl, Updated
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Mankind is its own worst enemy
Evidence 1# : People are desperate to find a scapegoat.
Evidence 2# : Charlie shot Pete.
Evidence 3# : Everyone turns on each other.
The residents of Maple Street try to blame someone else to come up it an illogical solution to find a scapegoat after Les Goodman's car starts up. This supports the theme mankind is its own worst enemy. The residents try to blame someone, doesn't matter who, just so they won't be blamed. They would even betray their best friends and family just to come up with a solution.
Charlie shot Pete thinking he was the monster after he saw something in the dark at night on Maple Street. This scene supports mankind is its own enemy. Charlie became so scared and judgmental that he shot Pete. He could have just prevented this by asking who it is, but he decided to kill Pete and believe Tommy's wacko theory about monsters. He selfishly only thought about himself and lost his common sense in his dread.
Maple Street is in havoc, thanks to a couple of lights turning on and off, likely causing everyone to be deceased. This supports the theme mankind is its own worst enemy. A small thing can cause hatred and violence such as a couple light going on and off. Instead of talking it through, the residents decided to resort to violence, the least effective way to find a solution.
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