The theme of "The Monsters are Due on Maple Street", a teleplay by Rod Serling is to try not to let your suspicions and accusations control your mind, actions, and thoughts because it can end up having you lose your trust and friendships. In the last paragraph, said by the narrator, it says " For the record,prejudices can kill and suspicion can destroy and a thoughtless frightened search for a scapegoat has a fallout all its own children ... and the children yet unborn. [A pause]And the pity of it is... That these things cannot be confined to... The Twilight Zone! This shows that prejudices and suspicion can destroy good things and this happens all over the world.
The residents on Maple Street were all part of a happy, kind, well knit community. The neighbors were Steve Brand and his wife,Charlie and his wife, Mrs. and Mr. Goodman, Sally and her son Tommy, Don Martin, Pete Van Horn and many others.
One ordinary day, a strange shape flew overhead the residents on Maple Street. Then the power went out.Nobody knew what it was until Tommy, the young 14 year old said to everyone that it was a spaceship and told everyone they mustn't leave. But nobody believed him.
Nobody can get their cars started, except Mr. Goodman. All of a sudden the neighbors accuse Mr. Goodman of being and alien. He tells them that that is crazy and he isn't an alien. Nobody believes him and start off toward his house.
Mr. Goodman was in hot water trying to tell his neighbors he was innocent. He told them they were doing something very bad, something that would start a nightmare.
The residents on Maple Street were out of hand and eventually accusing all of their friends of being aliens because of working on radios at night, having their lights go on randomly and other odd unreasonable reasons. The lead to the loss of one residents.
No I'm not!!!!!!!!
Figures in disguise watch as their plan unfolds and with one neighbor sadly gone they see the residents doing exactly as they hoped. The residents were letting their suspicions run their minds and actions and that cost loss of trust and friendship.