Theme Story Board That Monsters are due on Maple Street

Theme Story Board That Monsters are due on Maple Street
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  • Theme:   Not Thinking  Before your Actions can Lead to Problems or Violence
  • "But... but I didn't know who he was.  I certainly didn't know who he was."  
  • "A rock thrown from the group smashes a window alongside him, the broken glass flying past him.  A couple of pieces cut him.  He stands there perspiring, rumpled, blood running down from a cut on the cheek."
  • "[We move into a series of close-ups of various people as they shout, accuse, scream, interspersing these shots with shots of houses as the lights go on and off, and then slowly in the middle of the nightmarish morass of sight and sound the camera starts to pull away.]"
  • Each of these illustrations support the theme "Not thinking before your actions can lead to problems or violence."  In the first image, it shows Charlie shooting Pete Van Horn out of the blue not thinking about who it might be.  For that, he created violence and a problem.  The violence was using a gun and shooting.  The problem was that the neighbors weren't able to find out if the lights were on in Floral Street.  In the second image, it describes when Charlie is being accused and runs to his house to try and escape.  On his attempt, someone just throws a rock at his window and the window breaks and shards cut Charlie.  This action led to violence and blood.  This action could have been approached with a more calm action.  In the last image, taking place in the end of the story shows everyone in the story accusing, screaming, crying, and creating violence.  In the teleplay, it says that everyone is screaming and it's all a violent and nightmarish morass.  In the movie version, there is screaming, gunshots, and blood.  This image shows violence.  In conclusion, these images support the theme, "Not thinking before your actions can lead to problems or violence."
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