In "The Monsters Are Due on Maple Street" by Rod Sterling one of the main themes is your own thoughts can be more powerful than weapons.In the scene were Mr. Goodman's car starts all of a sudden shows that your thought can be dangerous since his neighbors started accusing him of being the monster with that little bit of evidence they had. Since no on could explain how the car started no one hesitated to blame Les since they thought he was always an odd ball even though they all have known Les for a long time they weren't open minded and they let their thoughts and suspicion take control. In another scene it also shows that your thoughts can be powerful since because of how much fear everyone had, it got to the point were one of their neighbor actually died in the process. Everyone was so caught up in in pointing figures at who the monster was, they completely forgot Pete Van Horn had went to Floral Street and Charlie ended up shoting him dead. The monsters that were watching them didn't have to give them any weapons or hurt them themselves but everyone let there fear, emotion and anger that they had to get to the point where they were throwing bricks ant each other and blaming each other. Though no one knew the the dark figure was Pete but they still all blamed Charlie for shooting him though they would have done the same if the if they were that scared. The last scene that shows your thoughts can be more powerful than weapons is when everyone is accusing Charlie of being the monster so he tells everyone that Tommy is the monster and then someone else adds that he knew what was going to happen all along. Everyone thought this was logical so they decided to attack him .His mom is trying to protect him but no cares that he is only 14 and if he was the monster he wouldn't try to stop Charlie and Steve from going to town at the beginning of the teleplay. In conclusion, this teleplay shows that the end of the world might not be all bombs and wars but it will be in your own control because it will be all in your head.
Evidence 1: In this theme, Mr. Goodman is trying to start his car when it doesn't work, then all of a sudden it starts on its own and so his neighbors thinks he is the monster.
Evidence 2: In this theme, everyone sees a dark figure walking towards them so as they start to get nervous and think that the figure is the monster, Charlie gets the shot gun and shots what they later find out to be Pete.
Evidence 3: As everyone is accusing Charlie of being the monster he says that Tommy is the monster since he knew what was going to happen all along but his mom is trying to defend him.