The Monsters Are Due on Maple Street Theme: Fear, Suspicion, and the Unknown are destructive forces.
He got the car started somehow.
He got his car started!
I just don't understand it.
What do you mean? Who doesn't want us to leave here?
I don't think they want us to leave here.
This scene shows when Charlie shot into the darkness, because he was afraid of the unknown.
In "The Monsters Are Due on Maple Street" by Rod Serling, one of the main themes is that Fear, Stress, and Suspicion, are destructive forces. This can be the theme of this story for many reasons. Evidence/Scene 1. The scene when Charlie shoots into the darkness, and accidentally kills Pete Van Horn shows fear, and the unknown are destructive forces. The scene shows this theme because, Charlie saw a silhouette, coming out of the darkness, or in this case, “The Unknown.” Everyone on the street was afraid monsters might be out there, possibly to come and get them. So to them, a silhouette coming out of the darkness, could have been a monster. This scene shows this theme because, when Les’s car started up, while nothing else was working, everyone assumed that he had something to do with monsters being around them. There was really no more evidence to support who might be a monster, so they decided it was Les, because of something suspicious.
This scene shows when Les Goodman's car starts up out of nowhere and people start questioning and accusing.
This scene shows when Steve and Charlie were about to leave to go to town, but then Tommy came and told them exactly what was going to happen.