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  • The Monsters Are Due on Maple Street  Theme: Thoughts and feelings can destroy us and break us apart.    Jillian Silvers Per: 3
  •  But...but I didn't know who he was, I certainly didn't know who he was.
  • " You killed him Charlie, you shot him dead!
  •  "There are weapons that are simply thoughts, attitudes, prejudices, to be found only in minds of men.  For the record, prejudices can kill and suspicion can destroy, and thoughtless, frightened search for scapegoat have a fallout all of its own children...the children yet unborn."
  • The Monsters are due on Maple street is written by Rod Serling. One of the themes that goes with the story is that thoughts and feelings can destroy us and break us apart. First, one scene that supports my theme is when  Less Goodman is across the street by his car and everyone is on the other side of the street staring at him fearful because his car started on its own even though he said it wasn't his fault, but they don't believe him. This shows that because they are scared, they are all turning against Less Goodman even though he has no idea what is going on any more than them. Second, in another scene,  it says" You killed him Charlie, you shot him dead! But...but I didn't know who he was, I certainly didn't know who he was. He comes walking out of the darkness, how was I supposed to know who he was?" This shows that because Charlie was afraid, he took the gun and shot without even thinking about the possibilities of who it could be. He was too scared to remember that the man had gone to see if the other streets lights were out too. Finally, in a scene after everyone dies it says, “ "There are weapons that are simply thoughts, attitudes, prejudices, to be found only in minds of men.  For the record, prejudices can kill and suspicion can destroy, and thoughtless, frightened search for scapegoat have a fallout all of its own children...the children yet unborn." This explains that our minds are weapons. Something as simple as a thought or feeling can lead to your and other people’s death. As human beings we must try to seperate the fear that keeps us alive and the fear that causes turning against people, fighting people, and even killing people. For those reasons, a very important theme that is learned from this story is that thoughts and feelings can destroy us and break us apart.
  • Evidence 1: In this scene, Less Goodman is across the street by his car and everyone is on the other side of the street staring at him fearful because his car started on its own even though he said it wasn't his fault, but they don't believe him. 
  • Evidence 2: In this scene, a dark figure starts coming up the street. Charlie grabs a gun and shoots at the figure out of fear, without even thinking about who it could be. When they run up to the shot figure they realize it was their neighbor and friend, Pete Van Horn.
  • Evidence 3:  In this scene, the figures explained that  something as simple as a thought or feeling can lead to something as big as death and when you are put on the spot for doing something you know you didn't do you  look for someone to blame and the cycle could continue until no one is left standing.
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