The Monsters Are Due on Maple Theme: Blaming and accusing can often lead to violence
I don't understand. I swear. I don't understand.
He's just a kid
It's the kid, Tommy
In "The Monsters Are Due on Maple Street" by Rod Serling, one of the main themes is blaming and assuming can often lead to violence. This is a main theme because when Les Goodman's car randomly starts, everyone right away assumes that Les Goodman is the monster because they always believed that Les Goodman was always an odd person. That’s when they started believing in the monster for real. After Les Goodman’s car started they all surrounded him at his house and Charlie started a argument with Steve when he was talking to Les. Charlie was talking about how Steve still isn't above suspicion himself and to be careful who your talking too. Another piece of evidence is when Charlie saw a dark figure approaching them, and he was assuming that it was the monster so he got a gun and shot the figure. The figure that Charlie had shot turned out to not be a monster but Peter Van Horn. Lastly, one other piece of evidence is when Charlie was being accused for being a monster and after he claimed Tommy to be the monster, all of that led to them arguing, turning on one another, fighting, and accusing each other. This is why blaming and assuming can lead to violence is a main theme in this story.
Evidence 1: In this scene Les Goodman's car randomly starts
Evidence 2: In this scene Charlie shot Peter Van Horn
Evidence 3: In this scene everyone is accusing one another for being the monster