The Monsters are due on Maple street Theme: Fear an suspicion are destructive forces.
In the film, “The Monsters are due on Maple Street”, by Rod Serling, the theme is that fear and suspicion are destructive forces. This theme is strong in the story and there are several different scenarios that support it. The fear and suspicion begin after Tommy told everyone that one of them was a monster and this caused them to turn on each other. The first scenario that supports the theme involves Les Goodman. He did not come out of his house when the strange meteor hit. When he finally did come out, his car started up all by itself and the entire mob of neighbors got super suspicious of him and started to believe that he was the monster that Tommy was talking about. This caused the neighborhood to form a mob, gang up on Les and shout accuses at him. Another scenario that supports the theme involves Steve. Steve was blamed for talking to aliens on his Ham radio because nobody knew who he talked to. Everyone started to blame him and accuse him. A third scenario that shows the theme involves Pete Van Horn. Pete had left earlier in the day to see if the power was still on at Floral Street. When the sun was down, Pete was walking through the darkness towards a mob of neighbors that were all gathering in the street. They were all so scared of the monster that when they saw a dark figure walking towards them they panicked. Charlie shot the figure thinking it was the monster, but really it was Pete Van Horn. When the people see that Pete is dead and is not the monster, they all turn on Charlie. They accuse him of being the monster and began to fight. In Charlie’s panic, he tells everyone that the monster is Tommy. Now the crowd is completely confused, turning on each other and accusing each other. However, the real monsters are watching the crowd’s chaos from a distance. To conclude, everyone turned on each other on Maple street because they became suspicious and did not trust each other. They lost friendships, relationships with neighbors, and committed murder all because they felt fear and suspicion.
Evidence 1: In this scene, Less Goodman's car started by itself so the rest of the group thought that he was the monster.
Evidence 2: Charlie accused Steve because he had a Ham radio so everyone got suspicious about who he talked to.
Evidence 3: Pete Van Horn was walking towards the mob in the dark so Charlie shot him thinking that he was the monster.