Mankind has the power to break friendships & bonds
INSOMNIA! I HAVE INSOMNIA!
Late at night I see Les Goodman looking up at the sky as if he were waiting for something.
It's the kid. It's Tommy!
How could you, Charlie!
No, it's Steve!
No, it's Les!
The Monsters are Due on Maple Street has many important themes. One important theme it portrays is that Mankind has the power to make or break friendships and bonds. A commonality between the teleplay and the film version is breaking bonds between the neighbors. Fist off, one woman accused Les Goodman of being the "alien" because he would look up at the sky when it was late at night as if he were waiting for something. Goodman argued back that is reasoning for this was his insomnia. Goodman got irrupted and upset and broke a bond and/or friendship between the neighbors. Secondly, when Charlie decided to accuse his neighbors as the "alien", the neighbors turned on him and realized that he was quick to accuse everyone so maybe he was the real monster. To counteract that theory, he convinced all residents of Maple Street that Tommy was the true monster. He convinced them of this theory by stating that Tommy was the one who brought up the idea of a possible "alien" being the cause of the mysterious flash of light in the sky. Lastly, all residents of Maple Street turned there backs on each other when lights were turning on mysteriously in most houses on Maple Street. They were accusing their neighbors left and right saying that whoever's lights were on had to be the "alien". This caused destruction and possibly trust issues between these neighbors and former friends. All in all, The Monsters are Due on Maple Street had many vital themes and life lessons and this was just one of many.