The Monsters Are Due on Maple Street Theme: Don't Jump to Conclusions
In the story "The Monsters are Due on Maple Street" by Rob Sterling, the theme is that you should never jump to conclusions. To begin with, when Les Goodman's car started, his neighbors, friends even, blamed him for the black out. This all started when his car started after he had turned it on. At first, it wouldn't budge, but after he got out of his car, it started. Charlie claimed that he had always been an oddball. The others agreed and decided to keep an eye on him. Then, they confronted him, and accused him for being responsible for the black-out. He claimed he had done nothing. A woman then said that she had seen him awake late at night on his porch. He said he had insomnia and the others were crazy for accusing him. In another scene, the mob accused Steve. Don said that Mrs. Brand had been talking about how Steve sometimes spent hours working on a radio in the basement. Steve then said that the mob would go mad, and that they should just point fingers at everyone. Mrs. Brand (Steve's wife) said that the radio was just a small one that he had been mending. Then the others asked why they had never seen the radio. Steve and his wife were saying that the crowd made too big a deal out of nothing. In another scene, the neighbors accused Charlie, because he had shot Pete Van Horn. The crowd was asking Charlie why he was so quick to pull the trigger. He said he was just protecting his home. Then, Charlie claimed that young Tommy was an alien, and had started the black-out. The block went mad! The neighbors were so fast to point fingers at whoever seemed a little unsure. They were ignorant, and blamed whoever they thought could have been capable of turning off all the power in the neighborhood. It was their fear and suspicions that made them jump to conclusions.
Evidence 1: The neighbors first accused Les Goodman of being the alien after his car abruptly started.
Evidence 2: The mob also accused Steve, because his wife had told the neighbors about his radio.
Evidence 3: The mob then accused Charlie of being an alien, after he shot Pete Van Horn.