Title: The Monsters Are Due on Maple Street: Theme

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  • While everyone is huddled in a group, Les Goodman's car starts by itself. Don, who rushes over, briefly states that nothing is working in the neighborhood , except his car. Steve and Charlie join in this argument, and a mob form outside Goodman's house.
  • Don't get near me!
  • Yeah Les!
  • Theme: Fear and suspicion can be destructive forces
  • What do you have to hide?
  • After the fight goes on with Steve and Les Goodman, woman one suddenly reveals that Steve has been working on some mysterious radio set. With that, Charlie joins in with woman one and starts to provoke Steve with questions on his radio. Steve defends himself, and the two break into a verbal fight.
  • Who do you talk to on that radio set? Who talks to you?
  • Its just a ham radio set!
  • A mysterious dark figure approaches the residents of Maple Street, right after Steve and Charlie were done arguing. In panic, Charlie shoots the figure after a shotgun was handed to him by Don. After rushing to it, Charlie discovers he has just shot Pete Van Horn.
  • That was Pete Van Horn!
  • I..I thought it was the monster!
  • You shot him Charlie!
  • The scene in which the group decides to team up on Les Goodman because of his suspicious car, supports the theme that fear and suspicion can be destructive forces. After the mysterious event with the car, the group led their suspicion towards Les Goodman. Don particularly drives the argument, by saying "Maybe you better tell us. Nothing's working on this street. Nothing. No power. No radio. Nothing except one car- yours!" This statement led to the group agreeing and supporting Don, which resulted in people growing wary of Goodman. This is because Steve can be heard talking strangely about Goodman, and when Steve and Charlie approach Goodman to talk, Goodman responds to stay away from his property, assuming they will do something bad.
  • In this scene, Woman one reveals to the group about a mysterious radio set Steve has been working on. Now, the group have turned their suspicions to Steve, espically Charlie, who joins in on the argument. The scene supports that suspicion and fear can be destructive forces. This is because Charlie and Steve start to create an argument on each other, which in the end solves nothing, but instead generates a slight suspicion and hostility among the two of them. Also, Charlie states that "Go ahead Steve. What kind of "Radio set" you workin' on? I never seem it. Neither has anyone else. Who do you talk to on that radio set? Who talks to you?". Charlie is now implying that Steve could possibly be an alien, which again, drives uneven peace and suspicion among the group.
  • The scene in which Pete Van Horn had been shot by Charlie, supports the theme that suspicion and fear can be destructive forces. The reason behind this is because rather than waiting to see who the figure actually is, fear overtakes their logical senses, which causes them to speculate that it is the monster. In this case, this would support the "fear" part of our theme. We also know that fear has caused this because of Tommy's story influences. The group had been subjected to thinking that aliens were causing the morass, rather then something they would of made sense of. In this case, a meteor or a power outage would have been more logical to the group than aliens. They try to overcome this through Steve's thinking, but the fear is revealed when Charlie shoots.
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