The Monsters Are Due on Maple Street Theme: Fear and suspicion can lead to chaos and hatred.
What will we do?
It's the monster!
In " The Monsters Are Due on Maple Street" by Rod Sterling, one of the main themes is that fear and suspicion can lead to chaos, hatred and corruption. This is one of the main themes because the residents on Maple Street started getting suspicious of their own best friends because they were frightened. One example is that Les Goodman's car mysteriously turned on by itself, raising suspicions about Goodman. Another example shows how Charlie shoots Van Horn, thinking that he was the monster, but when they saw that it was actually Pete, everybody started blaming Charlie. In the end, they all turned on each other, and then chaos started raining on Maple Street, while the aliens watched from above, showing us how humans are their own worst enemy.
Les Goodman's car starts by itself, raising suspicions about Les.
Charlie shoots Pete Van Horn, thinking he was the monster.
Extraterrestrials look at the corrupted street, showing how fear and suspicion can lead to chaos, hatred, and corruption.