The power goes out in a normal day in the average setting of Maple Street. Tommy talking about aliens made everyone start accusing people of being aliens. It is revealed that this is all due to the work of aliens.
1. Marcos Martinez and Cameron Metz
I have an idea...
The power's off. I dunno why.
This Maple Street... are they unique?
Fear can cause us to change how we act if we let it get to us.
No, it's Bob Weaver!
I tell ya, it's the kid!
"Maple Street, USA, late summer. A tree-lined little world of front-porch gliders, hopscotch, the laughter of children, and the bell of an ice-cream vendor." "Maple Street in the last calm and reflective moment... before the monsters came.
Oh, the power's off.
I'm sure it's not that bad.
Why? Do you think something bad'll happen?
"A little power failure, and right away we all get flustered and everything." "It's... it's the kid. It's Tommy. He's the one." "But... but I didn't know who he was. I certainly didn't know who he was. He comes walkin' out of the darkness." "Charlie gets up, breaks away from the other man's grasp, and lands a few desperate punches that push the man aside."
The Monsters are Due on Maple Street
"I can't get anybody on the phone either. The phone seems to be dead." "Electricity's off." "A gag? A gag? Charlie, there's a dead man on the sidewalk, and you killed him? Does this thing look like a gag to you?" "You sound real anxious to have that, Steve. I think we better keep an eye on you, too!"
"Fear is the main source of superstition, and once of the main sources of cruelty."
In "The Monsters are Due on Maple Street", Charlie represents the theme the best. I say this because he goes from a passive man who cares little for the situation to someone who accuses a child as an alien spy and attacks people.
It helped because it shows how an average setting can be influenced so quickly by fear.
6. In conclusion...
It reveals how Charlie was not worried in the beginning. However, later, he starts accusing people, even Tommy, a young boy, and he started attacking others, revealing his anger.
It helped by showing the cause of the issue and developing the conflict. The issue was that the electricity went away and people think there is an alien spy among them.
Charlie! There's a dead man on the sidewalk, and you think it's just a gag?
No! It's a gag! It has to be!
You're getting mad over a power outage? Probably isn't much at all.