The Monsters Are Due on Maple Street: Theme


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  • Fear and suspicion are destructive forces
  • Les Goodman's car starts up spontaneously, while every other type of power is off in the neighborhood . The neighbors start to keep watch over him out on the street because of what Tommy said about monsters from outer space.
  • The neighbors are now starting to blame Steve because his wife said he works on a radio all night, and Don said he is trying to call aliens.
  • Yea so what are working on all !?
  • To prove to you it's regular I'll bring it!
  • You don't have to show them anything!
  • Charlie shoots Pete Van Horn on accident because he thought Pete was a monster from outer space.
  • This scene shows the theme because the fear that the neighbors have is now making them suspicious of an innocent man for no reason and there actions will lead to destruction in the end. Textual evidence: Sally says, "It just doesn't seem right keeping watch on them.... Why, I've Known Ethel Goodman ever since they moved in." Charlie replies with, "That don't prove a thing.. Any guy who'd spend his time look'in up at the sky early in the morning well there's something wrong..." (Monsters Are Due on Maple Street)
  • Because of the fear that Don Martin has for the possibilities of aliens, he begin to blame Steve who is is friend that is trying to calm down the situation, but once again his good senses of realizing that Steve is his friend are being taken over by fear.
  • This is the perfect example of fear and suspicion are destructive forces because Charlie shot the figure out of fear of the not purposely, but the main point is that Charlie's good senses started to fade away once the fear of the possibility that aliens could invade came into view.
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