The Monsters are Due on Maple street Theme- Mankind can Become its Own Enemy
You killed him, Charlie. You shot him dead!
So I've got a car that starts by itself - well that's a freak thing, I admit it. But does that make me some kind of criminal or something?
That's crazy! He's only a boy.
In “The Monsters are Due on Maple Street” by Rod Serling, a common theme throughout the story is “mankind can become its own enemy.” To begin, Charlie shoots Pete Van Horne after he appeared walking towards the group. Charlie mistakes him as a monster, leading to the death of Pete Van Horne. With his mind being driven into believing in aliens, his mind cluelessly led him to shooting Pete Van Horne. In Charlie's defense, he blames Steve for knowing why he shot. In addition, he claims he was just trying to protect him home. This scene relates to the theme because it shows the corruption of the street. Charlie was willing to kill a strange figure just for his protection. If Tommy’s theory hadn’t been taken so seriously, Pete Van Horne’s life could’ve been spared. Secondly, a show of this theme is seen when neighbors begin to make assumptions of Les. After Les had tried to turn on the car, he glances over to it, the car starting up by its own. The neighbors find this strange, accusing Les of possibly being the monster. He denies this, saying, “What is this a gag? This a practical joke or something?” The crowd turns into a mob, frightening Les. This represents the theme since it shows how quickly the street turn against each other. The street could have taken this with a grain of salt. However, neighbors took it against Les, threatening him as the monster. Finally, Tommy is accused by Charlie after predicting the events of the aliens. His mother defenses him. However, the mob blames him for being the only one who knew. The two run away in fear, the horde assigning guilt to one another. In conclusion, the theme “mankind can become its own enemy” is a repeating pattern in “The Monsters are Due on Maple street.”
Evidence 1- In this scene, Charlie shoots Pete Van Horne after mistaking him as a monster. Pete Van Horne dies after this encounter, leading to an argument caused by the group.
Evidence 2- In this scene, Les is being accused for being the monster after his car turns on. Don yells at him, leading to a women admitting to seeing Les standing in front of his home strangely.
Evidence 3- In this scene, Tommy is accused by Charlie after he had predicted the aliens.