The Monsters Are Due on Maple Street Theme: Words have the power to destroy
"They pick the most dangerous enemy, and it's themselves."
"The tools of conquest do not necessarily come with bombs and explosions and fallout. There are other weapons that are simply thoughts, attitudes, prejudices-to be found only in the minds of men." -Rod Serling
Its Tommy, he's the alien! He's the only one who knew something similar like this would happen!
In "The Monsters Are Due on Maple Street" by Rod Serling, one of the main themes is that words have the power to destroy. One piece of evidence is when the aliens explain that using words and accusations cause people to turn on themselves, thus is used as a strategy to destroy mankind. A second piece of evidence is at the end of the teleplay. The narrator says this:"The tools of conquest do not necessarily come with bombs and explosions and fallout. There are weapons that are simply thoughts, attitudes, and prejudices." Another piece of evidence is located near the end of the episode and story. When Charlie accused Tommy of being the alien and explained why, the residents of Maple Street began chasing him, and wanted to hurt Tommy. Here is an example: Imagine two boys who are arguing. Overtime, the argument gets heated, and eventually, the boys start fighting each other until someone is too hurt, and the winner wins the argument. Someone gets hurt only because someone believes something someone else doesn't believe and will attempt to prove it with fighting and pain. They were about to hurt a child only because he may be something that the others aren't. All of this pieces of evidence show the same thing, the fact that words,and accusations can cause damage to others, not only emotionally, but also physically, so think about what you say and look before you leap, before you end up hurting someone or something.
Evidence 1: In this scene the alien is explaining what happens people accuse others.
Evidence 2: This is a quote from the story that explains the fact that bombs and war can do some damage, but so can words and accusations.
Evidence 3: In this scene Charlie is accusing Tommy of the fact that he is the alien because and is being chased because he is thought as the alien.