Theme of Monsters Are Due on Maple Street


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  • Monsters Are Due on Maple Street
  • Maple Street U.S.A. Late summer. A UFO flies overhead, and all power and machines stop working.
  • The element that supports this is the author´s use of conflict. The author used conflict because in the end the characters turn into a mob.
  • The theme for this story is that prejudices, attitudes, suspicions,and thoughts are just as deadly as weapons.
  • Steve says ¨Who do you think it is, Charlie? Spit it out.¨ And Charlie says¨It is the kid! It is the kid! He knew, how it all would happen!!¨
  • One of the statements that enforces this is when Charlie accuses Tommy the boy of knowing about the entire scheme of the aliens. Accusations can create chaos.
  • ¨The lights come on in random people's homes. After the people get rid of talking, they take matters into their own hands.¨
  • Another one is when the group of people turns into a mob by fear. All of them are trying to find a scapegoat.
  • The last one is when one person thought one some else knew and that person thought another person did it. Then it escalates out of control and the people turn into a mob. It takes very little to start a mob. A group of people that are angry or afraid is just a giant tinderbox. All it takes is for someone to light the match to spark a mob. The match that was lit, was just the suspicions of one person. After that, it takes a lot to get it under control.
  • ¨The people on the street turn into a mob, and all hell breaks loose.Their goal by now is to not kill the schemer, but kill everyone on the street. ¨By morning, a news van pulls up and there is just carnage. Shotgun shells, rifle casings, empty rifle magazines, broken glass, and bodies lying in the street. There are random houses burning out of control. Nothing, at all, survived the night.The few that tried to take shelter in their homes were burned to crisp.¨
  • The theme for this piece of literature is that our personal traits and attitudes are just as deadly as real weapons.
  • This themed statement was made by Graham Milich. With the help of David Wembo and Brandon Moats. In the teleplay, The Monsters are due on Maple Street, the theme is that prejudices, thoughts, attitudes, and suspicions can kill just as equally as weapons, and might do more damage than the naked eye can see, and this is developed greatly by the author´s use of conflict to develop the theme.
  • The author´s use of conflict to develop the theme because the conflict allows the people in the story get increasingly suspicious of each other and decide to take matters into their own hands.
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