The Monsters Are Due on Maple Street Theme: Don't jump to conclusions
You killed him Charlie! You killed Pete!
Wasn't Tommy the one that knew about all of this junk?
Evidence 1: In this scene, Les's car turns on by its self while the rest of the power is out.
Evidence 2: In this scene, there is a dark figure walking around the corner towards the neighbors and Charlie shoots the figure.
Evidence 3: Charlie says that Tommy is the alien because he talked about the aliens and what they want but he read those things in books.
In "The Monsters Are Due on Maple Street" by Rod Serling, one of the main themes is don't jump to conclusions. First, one of the scenes that supports the theme is when Les’s car turns on while all of the power is off on Maple Street. Les goes out at night sometimes to look at the sky “looking as if he were waiting for something”. These things led the neighbors of Maple Street to thinking that Les was an alien. They jumped to the conclusion that he was an alien because his car turned on. Another scene that supports this theme is when Charlie shoots a “dark figure” which was actually his neighbor Pete. Charlie jumped to the conclusion that he was bad and shot him. Last, the scene when Charlie accuses Tommy of being an alien also supports the theme. Tommy read a book about aliens, so he tells the neighbors a possibility of what the aliens are and what they do. Then Charlie accuses him of being the alien because he knows about aliens. But, why would an alien make themselves suspicious? Don’t decide or assume what happened or happens when you don’t know for sure.