Evidence 1: In this scene, Mr. Goodman is looking at Charlie, because Charlie's making him look suspicious for staring at the sky at night, though he has insomnia. The fact that they think something is up with him, because he looks at the sky proves the theme, "Thought and suspicion can destroy," because that is exactly what is destroying the trust that the town had with him. From page 80 (in book text), "Charlie. Any guy who'd spend his time lookin' up at the sky early in the morning-well there's something wrong with that kind of a person."
The Monsters Are Due on Maple Street Theme: Thought and Suspicion can Destroy
Evidence 2: In this scene, Pete Van Horn was walking toward Charlie and the other neighbors from the end of the neighborhood street, but they couldn't see who he was. Charlie got scared and jumped to conclusions, like he's been doing throughout the teleplay. Don (one of the neighbors) was holding a shotgun and Charlie grabbed it out of his hands. Charlie shot Pete dead and when the neighbors got closer, they realized that Charlie made a huge mistake. Page 679 - 680 (in the online text), "Woman. You killed him, Charlie. You shot him dead! Charlie. But...but I didn't know who he was. He comes walking out of the darkness-how am I supposed to know who he was?"
Evidence 3: In this scene, because Charlie shot Pete Van Horn, the neighbors start scapegoating him and causing him to run to his house. They think Pete Van Horn was trying to tell them something, and that was why Charlie shot him. Then, Charlie's house's lights turn on and (by the fact that everyone is surrounding him and demanding an answer) they are about to attack him. This was all caused by Charlie being suspicious of everyone, which caused Pete to be murdered and most likely had an influence on the other people. The result of all of this is the destruction of everyone's trust and properties. Page 680 (from online text),"...as the man tackles Charlie and lands on top of him. " Page 681 (also from online text), "Voices. It must have been him. He's the one. We got to get Charlie."
Each of these scenes match the theme of The Monsters Are Due on Maple Street which is, "Thought and suspicion can destroy." In the first scene, a few of the neighbors start getting suspicious of Mr. Goodman and thinking he is an alien, just because he stares up at the sky at night. It's just that one connection of Mr. Goodman and the sky that turns everyone against him. This connects to the theme, because it is just that one small thought of Mr. Goodman being an alien that destroys his trust with the rest of the neighborhood. In evidence 2, Charlie shoots Pete Van Horn, because he can't see his face and gets scared. That shows the theme, because Pete's life was destroyed as a result of Charlie's suspicion and jumping to conclusions. These both texts have things being lost, because of other's thoughts and suspicions, like a man walking towards you, but since it's night you can't see his face and you decide to shoot him "just in case." Lastly, evidence 3 shows the neighbors including Mr. Goodman and Don turn on Charlie, because he was blaming everyone as the alien and shot a man because of it. They seemed to think this was an idiosyncrasy of him and turned on him for being suspicious. This last scene communicates that the suspicion and blaming of Charlie or anyone will spread onto others and go against anyone who does anything even the slightest bit ordinary. Eventually, this will attack the one who started it, in this case, Charlie. That has the same exact message as the theme, "Thought and Suspicion can destroy." Overall, this theme holds up and makes sense in The Monsters Are Due on Mable Street.