The Monsters Are Due on Maple Street Theme: Fear and suspicion is a bad combination
In "The Monsters Are Due on Maple Street" by Rod Serling, one of the main themes is that fear and suspicion is a bad combination. One piece of evidence that shows this is when Don and the crowd suspect Les is the reason everything is shutting off. This scene takes place when Les’s car starts all by itself. This piece of evidence shows the theme is true because nothing was working until Les’s car turned on, since the neighbors were frightened they didn’t know what else to do so they placed the blame on Les. The next piece of evidence that supports the theme is when The crowd gets suspicious and frightened because Charlie shoots Pete Van Horn thinking it was an alien. The neighbors thought that Charlie shot Pete on purpose because they thought maybe Pete was trying to warn them about Charlie.This scene takes place when Pete Van Horn was coming back from checking the power on the next street. This piece of evidence shows the theme is true because the neighbors were so scared and suspicious that they thought Charlie killed Pete on purpose. The last piece of evidence that supports the theme is when everyone is so frightened that they start placing the blame on each other. For example, Charlie places the blame on Tommy because he thought that aliens were trying to take over Earth. Since Tommy said that the crowd starts getting suspicious because he knew what was going on from the start. Therefore everyone thinks that Tommy made everything turn off. This scene takes place before everyone thought that Charlie was to blame. This piece of evidence shows the theme is true because everyone is so frightened that they think that a little kid is the reason everything won’t turn on. In conclusion, these three pieces of evidence support the theme suspicion and fear are a bad combination because each and everyone of them is so scared that when one person does something that automatically makes them a suspect.
Evidence 1: In this scene ... Don and the crowd suspect that Les has something to do with everything not working.
Evidence 2: In this scene ... Charlie shoots a shadowy figure thinking it is an alien but it is really Pete Van Horn.
Evidence 3: In this scene ... Everyone is so frightened that they start placing blame on each other.