The Monsters are due on Maple Street Theme: Fear and stress can make something deadly
No it's Charlie!
No your the alien!
In "The Monsters Are Due on Maple Street" by Rod Serling, one of the main themes is that fear and stress can make something deadly. The scene in which Charlie accidentally kills Pete Van Horn supports the theme that fear and stress can make something deadly. Everyone got scared when they saw the dark figure approaching them and Charlies reaction was to shoot at the figure. Fear usually makes people doing crazy things and Charlies was to shoot. He didn't know who it was as it was approaching. Another scene is when they all get stressed out about who was the alien and started pointing fingers at each other which supports the theme that fear and stress can make something deadly. Everyone was scared and started to assume who was the alien rather than getting much evidence. By pointing fingers they just started to argue and be mean to someone who wasn't even the alien. Lastly, the scene at the end when everyone was scared about what was going to happen, supports the theme that fear and stress can make something deadly. Everyone started running around confused rather than trying to solve the problem. By them not figuring out what was going on they could've got themselves into more danger.
Evidence 1: Charlie accidentally killed Pete Van Horn
Evidence 2: Everyone stressed out about who was the alien and started pointing fingers.
Evidence 3: At the end they were all scared about what was going to happen to them.