The Monsters Are Due On Maple Street Theme- Mankind is its Worse Enemy By Natalia Torres
In "The Monsters Are Due On Maple Street" By Rod Serling, one of the main themes is mankind is its worse enemy. On the page 82, Charlie kills Pete Van Horn out of fear that Pete Van Horn is a monster. This piece of evidence from the book can show that when people start to panic horrible things are going to happen. This can show that mankind is its worse enemy because Charlie killed a person just over nervousness and fear. In the book on page 72, everything turns off. Their cars, radios, lights, stoves, and stoves. They started freaking out about the small things. Everyone starts fighting with each other. This is the start to all of the problems they have in the story. At the end of Act 2 the aliens come out and say “Understand the procedure now? Just stop a few of their machines and radios and telephones and lawn mowers… throw them into darkness for a few hours and then you just sit back and watch the pattern” (Figure One). They also say “They pick the most dangerous enemy they can find… and its themselves” (Figure one). This can show that even Rod Serling could see that mankind is its worse enemy. These quotes can show that mankind is its worse enemy because it implies that we pick the worse enemy and it is ourselves. They might also show that we freak out about the little things. All in all, the theme for “The Monsters Are Due On Maple Street” is mankind is its worse enemy.
Evidence One- In this scene all of their electricity goes off and their power turns off. They also hear a loud sound with a flash of light. All of the neighborhood runs outside because of anxiety.
Evidence Two- In this scene Don brings out a shotgun because people are frightened that a monster is coming. Charlie takes the shotgun and shots Pete Van Horn with out knowing it was him.
Evidence Three- In this scene figure one and figure two are looking at what they have started and they speak about how they are their own enemy.