The Monsters Are Due On Maple Street Theme

The Monsters Are Due On Maple Street Theme
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  • Evidence 1: Charlie shot Pete Van Horn without checking who it was first. (Page 83.)
  • Theme: People/Humans can be monsters.
  • Evidence 2: Someone threw a rock at Charlie's porch light which cut Charlie (glass pieces). (Page 84.)
  • Evidence 3: Chaos spreads, and everyone is trying to find a scapegoat instead of finding another solution. (Page 85.)
  • My theme for 'The Monsters Are Due on Maple Street' is: People/Humans can be monsters. One piece of my evidence is: Charlie shot Pete Van Horn without checking who it was first. This evidence supports my theme because Charlie could have called out, or could have waited until the figure approached and the group saw who it was. Or, someone could have remembered that it was Pete that went to go check on the other street. Nonetheless, Charlie still acted without thinking and killed Pete. My second piece of evidence is: Someone threw a rock at Charlie's porch light and the glass fell and cut Charlie. This evidence supports my theme because no one cared that he was bleeding; all of the people of Maple Street wanted to kill someone, possibly wanted to find the most suspicious suspect, and to make that person the scapegoat, instead of finding a more peaceful solution to the problem. My third and final piece of evidence is: Chaos spreads around the whole group, and everyone is set on trying to find a scapegoat to blame. This evidence supports my theme because near the end of the story (written text and film), the whole group of people have a huge disagreement on who is to blame, and everyone is going to fight each other for what they think is right. There is another possible option instead of having conflicts with each other: to not spread panic or anger, and to try to find a suspect without pointing fingers at people who have flaws; like how Les Goodman had insomnia and people thought he was lying, and how Tommy was accused for knowing out-of-this-world stories from comics or movies. In conclusion, all of these support the theme: People/Humans can be monsters.
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