The Monsters Are Due On Maple Street Theme; Don't judge a book by its cover.
Evidence 1: In this scene Charlie kills Pete Van Horn thinking he was the monster.
In "The Monsters Are Due on Maple Street" by Rod Serling, one of the main themes is don't judge a book by its cover. The reason I think this is the main theme is because in one of the scenes Charlie kills Pete Van Horn thinking he was the monster that shut down all electricity. This supports the theme because Charlie was assuming that Pete Van Horn was the monster walking down the street. The whole crowd saw a dark figure walking across the street. So then Tommy assumed it was the monster so he screamed that out, so Charlie quicky pointed his gun at the figure and shot an innocent man dead. The second piece of evidence that supports this theme is that in one scene every light went on in Charlie's house. So that made everyone in the neighborhood say Charlie was the monster. They thought this because Charlie could have controlled the lights to only go on in his house and nobody else's. My third piece of evidence to support my theme is that Tommy knew the most about the monsters. So of course everyone pointed fingers and assumed Tommy a 14 year old boy was the monster. At the beggining of the story Mr. Brand was going to go to check if the electricity had gone back up, but then tommy said (they) don't want him to leave the neighborhood. Tommy said it was the monsters in a story he read that said that. Everyone sort of belived him because they were in a similar situation. So when Charlie was being accused, he quickly said Tommy was the monster and everyone obviously belived him and went after Tommy. In concluson, all these reasons sum up to my theme "Don't judge a book by its cover", because everyone in every scene I explained are all juding each other on ho is the monster. But in the end nobody was!
Evidence 2: In this scene Every light went on in Charlie's house and nobody else's, so they assumed he was the monster!
Evidence 3: In this scene Tommy knew the most about the monsters so they assumed he was the monster.