Blaming others and trying to find a scapegoat can lead to violence.

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  • The power went out on Maple Street. The neighbors think this was caused by a meteor. Then they start to think one of the neighbors had to do with it. They are scared to get blamed so they make scapegoats to get away with the chance of being blamed.
  • "Wow! How did the car just start on it's own?"
  • "I knew it was you."
  • "A lot of people have ham radio sets, it's completely normal."
  • Don mentions how Myra talks about how she see's Steve out at night working on something like a radio in the basement. The neighbors think he is suspicious of something.
  • The Monsters Are Due On Maple Street; Theme: Blaming others and trying to find a scapegoat can lead to violence.
  • "If you want to take a look inside my house get a search warrant."
  • Charlie has a gun because he see's someone outside and thinks it's the monster. When the figure comes closer he shoots it. He was trying to protect the neighbors and himself. But when the neighbors find out it wasn't the monster he killed they get furious.
  • "Oh gosh it was just Pete! I killed Pete! I'm so sorry!"
  • "You just killed Pete!"
  • Les went to go see if his car worked and it didn't so he was walking back to his house and while he was walking away from the car it started on it's own. The neighbors took advantage of this and started to blame him so they could seem innocent.
  • Steve stands there saying he's not going to show them anything. Mrs.Brand defends him saying it's just a ham radio set and it has nothing to do with the power outage. The neighbors think he is guilty.
  • They come outside and Pete was laying on the ground dead. Charlie had just killed him. They were all trying to be innocent and that turned out to be dangerous and violent because now they have turned against each other and someone was shot and killed just because they feared getting blamed.
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