The Monsters Are Due on Maple Street Theme: Thoughts are as deadly as weapons
His car turned on!
It's Pete Van Horn!
It's you isn't it!
It's Steve !
Evidence One: In this scene, the neighbors are blaming Les Goodman that he's the monster because his car turned on. This isn't good because they are just assuming he's the monster because his car.
In "The Monsters Are Due on Maple Street" by Rod Serling, one of the main themes is "thoughts are as deadly as weapons." I feel this is one of the themes because thoughts and accusing people without evidence can lead to harmful and unexpected things such as death. The first scene describes how Goodman's car started all by itself and the neighbors were blaming him even though he did not touch it. The second scene describes why Charlie shot Pete Van Horn. The reason he shot him was because he was nervous and anxious of all the crazy things happening so he panicked and assumed the figure was the monster so he grabbed the gun and killed him. He had only went to go check if the power was still on Floral Street and then returned at night when Charlie saw the figure which was Pete which was bad action Charlie did to kill him. The third scene describes how after the death everyone was pointing fingers and throwing rocks at Charlie. Then he blamed Tommy because he knew what was going to happen but he was just a kid who read about aliens and monsters. Soon after, everyone was blaming each other because the power was coming off and on in different houses. All in all, thoughts are as deadly as weapons can be dangerous because just accusing people on how they act is judgmental and the thoughts you think of someone can get worse and cause a death. Also people should just relax in a situation like this and talk it out instead of blaming others.
Evidence Two: In this scene, Charlie kills Pete Van Horn because he saw a shadow approaching them and assumed it was the monster.
Evidence Three: In this scene, everyone points fingers at Charlies but then everyone starts blaming everyone because more strange things are happening.