The Monsters Are Due on Maple Street Theme: Don't judge a book by its cover
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 scene where Les Goodman’s car starts up for no apparent reason and his neighbors accuse him of being the monster supports this theme. Les Goodman’s neighbors just assumed that he was the monster just because his car started up. He wasn’t near his car when it started. Then the neighbors shouted demands for action and accusations in which they couldn’t support because all they needed was suspicion in order to assume Les Goodman was the monster. The neighbors would blame anyone in order to clear their name. Another piece of evidence to support my theme is the part when Charlie shot the dark figure. The neighbors were talking when Tommy said he saw a dark figure. Tommy claimed it was the monster. Charlie got alarmed and shot the figure until they went to find out who it was. They realized that the dark figure was Pete Van Horn. Charlie was afraid and suspicious of the dark figure so that’s why he shot Pete Van Horn. He was so quick to jump into conclusions that people ended up being suspicious of him and the worst part was that he killed Pete Van Horn. For the last piece of evidence, the scene where two figures are talking to each other. The first figure said “ With few variations. They pick the most dangerous enemy they can find …. And it’s themselves. And all we have to do is sit back … and watch”. What the first figure was trying to say was that the people would do anything just so they can get their name cleared even if it means turning on friends and family. The people would just kill each other in the end and that’s what makes them the monster. This is evidence because it backs up my other evidence of how they would do anything to clear their name even it it means blaming or hurting friends and family. All these pieces of evidence supports my theme don’t judge a book by its cover in many different ways.
Evidence 1: In this scene... Les Goodman's car starts up for no apparent reason.
Evidence 2: In this scene... Charlie shoots Pete Van Horn
Evidence: In this scene... the two figures are talking about the neighbors.