The Monsters are Due on Maple Street theme paragraph.
Theme: Fear and suspicion are destructive forces.
Evidence 1: Don said, "And he never came out to look at that thing that flew overhead. He wasn't even interested." (Page 8)
I just don't understand it!
Evidence 2: Don accused Steve of having radio contact with the aliens, and everyone turned on Steve. (Page 12)
Are you talking to the aliens?!?
No! Please! It's just a ham radio!
Evidence 3: When Charlie kills Pete Van Horn and his lights turn on, the citizens immediately turn on him and start to throw rocks. (Page 14-16)
YOU KILLED HIM!
I d-didn't know!! How... how could I have known!
The theme of "The Monsters are Due on Maple Street" is that fear and suspicion are destructive forces. I know this because in Act One, page eight, Don Martin is wondering why Les Goodman never came to "look at that thing that flew overhead.'' This supports the theme because Don, Charlie, and the other citizens suspect Les as a monster. This suspicion destroys the town's trust. Another reason I think this is the theme is because in Act Two page twelve, Don Martin accuses Steve of having contact with the aliens. They wonder who he "talks to" on his radio set. The residents of Maple Street begin to fear Steve, even though they trusted him a few minutes before. Lastly, in Act Two pages fourteen through sixteen, Charlie shoots Pete Van Horn. After his lights turn on, the citizens quickly turn on him and begin to throw rocks at him. This shows that fear provoked the citizens of Maple Street to attack Charlie even though they were his friends the day before. All in all, the theme of "The Monsters are Due on Maple Street" is that fear and suspicion are destructive forces.