The monsters are due on maple street Theme: Fear and suspicion are destructive forces
When Les car turns on all of a sudden, his neighbors quickly turn on him an start questioning him.
In "The Monsters Are Due on Maple Street" by Rod Serling, one of the main themes is that fear and suspicion are destructive forces. The scene in which Charlie shoots the unknown object that approaches the neighborhood, supports the theme that fear and suspicion are destructive forces. In this scene when a suspicious object is spotted walking down the street in the darkness, many people started feeling fear. As the object gets closer, Charlie decides to quickly take the gun out of Steve Brand's hand and shoot the suspicious object, (Pete Van Horn). When Charlie does this, he has no idea who was approaching them in the darkness and takes chances. After this scene, Charlie feels guilty and sad while his neighbors look at him as the real monster.
When a suspicious object was approaching the neighborhood, Charlie was very quick to shoot it because he was afraid and din't want to take any chances.
After everyone seemed to be proved innocent, people started to get angry yet afraid and started blaming each other to find the real monster and take the blame off themselves.