The Monsters are Due on Maple Street Theme: Things don't go well when you blame others without evidence.
In the monsters are due on maple street by Rod Serling, one of the main themes is that things don't go so well when you blame others without evidence. My first piece of evidence is that Charlie got too paranoid and shot Pete Van Horn thinking it was an alien. By doing this, Charlie killed Pete. Pete could have had valuable information for all they knew. If you remember from the start of the teleplay, Pete went to floral street to check if they had the same issue. He could have came back, explained something, and then they wouldn’t be in their situation anymore. My next point is that at the start of the book, Tommy accused aliens of making the power go out. This made the residents of maple street paranoid and blame their neighbors for being aliens. Every little unusual thing that happened to someone made them a suspect of being an alien. This brings me into my final point, Les’s car starting on its own. At the start of the book after Tommy explains his comic book theory, Les’s car starts on its own. Everyone automatically thinks Les is an alien. They proceed to question him and corner him. He tries to convince him that he has nothing to do with the aliens and that he doesn’t know why his car started out of nowhere. This superstition led to Les’s neighbors stalking him and his wife throughout the night just because his car started by itself. These are my reasons and evidence why blaming someone or something without evidence can lead to things not going so well.
Evidence 1: Charlie shot Pete Van Horn without knowing who it was.
Evidence 2: Tommy made his neighbors believe in his alien theory.
Evidence 3: Les's friends blamed him because his car started by itself.