The Monsters are Due on Maple Street Theme: Fear and Suspicion can be Destructive Forces
Evidence 1: In this scene... Goodman: I don't understand. I swear... I don't understand what's happening? Don: Maybe you had better tell us. Nothing's working on this street. No light, No power, No radio. Nothing except one car-yours!
Fear and Suspicion are destructive forces is a main theme for "The Monsters are Due on Maple Street" by Rod Serling. Evidence one supports the theme by showing how when Les's car turns on when Les isn't near it, his neighbors get suspicious and scared. And all of a sudden without any proof, they blame Les for being the alien because of it. Therefore, due to their suspicion and fear, they blame Les without proof and form a wedge of hostility into their friendship as neighbors. Evidence two also justifies the theme by explaining the fear of the aliens living among them is getting in the way of their bond and turning them against one another. This scene shows that because when Charlie is saying that all they can do is wait while Steve disagrees and says that he can go home and forget about all his bickering and stop his accusations. Then Charlie says that they should watch Steve more closely, which brings up the feeling of suspicion. Evidence three supports this theme by showing that all the people driven by fear and suspicion are doing bad things and making accusations that they don't know are true.They accuse each other when they don't know they are just becoming bad neighbors. A main theme of "The Monsters are Due on Maple Street" by Rod Serling is fear and suspicion are destructive forces.
Evidence 2: In this Scene... Charlie: There's nothing we can do! One of 'em'll tip their hand, they've got to! Steve: There's something you can do, Charlie. You can go home and keep your mouth shut. You can quit strutting around like a self-appointed hanging judge and just climb in bed and forget about it. Charlie: You seem real eager for that to happen Steve. I think we better keep an eye on you too!
Evidence 3: In this scene... Don: Charlie has to be the one-where's my rifle- Woman: Les Goodman's the one. His car started it-Let's wreck it! Ms. Goodman: What about Steve's radio-He's the one that called them-smash the radio. Get e a hammer. Get me something! Steve: Stop-Stop- Charlie: Where's that kid-Let's get him-