The Monsters Are Due on Maple Street Theme: Fear and Suspicion Are Destructive Forces.
You killed him, Charlie!
It's Pete Van Horn!
Charlie's the one!
You did it!
One of the main themes of "The Monsters Are Due on Maple Street" by Rod Serling, is fear and suspicion are destructive forces. The scene when Steve, Charlie, Les Goodman, and the residents of Maple street turn on everybody else, supports this theme that fear and suspicion are destructive forces. After the flash came, all electric things stopped working. As a result, the residents of Maple street became monsters and became suspicious of each other. They thought everyone was very suspicious and turned against all of their neighbors and friends. They accused others for actions that they thought were crazy and became each others' enemies. Another scene that supports this theme is when they were so afraid of the dark figure that they killed it. The residents of Maple street saw a dark figure standing in the middle of the road. They became very afraid-so afraid that Charlie killed it. It turned out that the dark figure was their neighbor, Pete Van Horn. It was in the middle of the night, so their fear and suspicion had probably built up and caused their fear to become very sensitive. That leads us to the last scene that supports this theme. The scene shows that fear and suspicion are destructive forces by showing that they became very sensitive to their surroundings. This caused them to react to "suspicious" activity very quickly and not in a logical way. The scene that supports this is when the lights in Charlie's house turn on. Everybody's sensitivity turns on and it causes the Maple Street residents to turn on each other yet again. Charlie defends himself, which everyone thinks is still very suspicious. He also blames everything on Timmy, showing that he is very afraid of what would happen to himself. These are three of many reasons why one of the main themes of "The Monsters Are Due on Maple Street" is fear and suspicion are destructive forces.
Evidence One: They turned on each other.
Evidence Two: Charlie killed Pete Van Horn.
Evidence Three: Everybody became suspicious when the lights in Charlie's house turned on.