The Monsters are Due on Maple Street

The Monsters are Due on Maple Street
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  • The Monsters Are Due on Maple Street  Theme: Blaming others and trying to find a scapegoat can lead to violence 
  • Evidence 1: In this scene Les' car started randomly and everyone started to get suspicious and they started to think Les was the monster. Everyone started to crowd around him and his house and started to get mad and suspicious  
  • In "The Monsters Are Due on Maple Street" by Rod Serling, one of the main themes is that blaming others and trying to find a scapegoat can lead to violence.  In the first scene that I noticed this theme was when Les' car starts random,y and then everyone starts getting suspicious and thinking Les is one of the monsters even thought they are his friends and they know him. The second scene I saw this theme happen was right after that when Les' own wife thought that Les was one of the monsters just because he goes outside at night to look at the stars. The last scene that I saw this happen was at the end where charlie sees a shadow and before even checking to see who/what is was he shoots the gun at what ever it was and thy all go see and it ended up being one of their friends Peter Van Horn. Peter was just coming back from checking if the other street had power. After that everyone thought that Charlie was the monster because they thought Charlie shot Pete because pete found something out about the monster. This is why I believe the theme for "The Monsters Are Due on Maple Street" is that blaming others and trying to find a scapegoat can lad to violence. 
  • Evidence 2: In this scene Les' wife speaks up and stars to tell everyone that she thinks Les is the monster because he goes outside in the middle of the night to look at the stars. 
  • Evidence 3: In this scene Charlie sees a shadow in the darkness and shots it, and it ends up being Pete Van Horn coming back from checking if the other street had power. 
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