The Monsters Are Due on Maple Street Theme: Thoughts of fear can be weapons
In "The Monsters Are Due on Maple Street" by Rodling Sterling, one of the main themes is that thoughts of fear can be weapons. My first piece of evidence is that after Tommy talked about aliens, Les Goodman begins to attempt to turn on his car. When Les Goodman's car then surprisingly turns on, everyone gets curios and begins to walk toward him. As Steve and Charlie fought, they stopped and turned to the blackening part of the street. They turn only to find a dark figure walking towards them. Don runs to grab a gun and Steve takes it away. Charlie thinking it's still the monster, he takes the gun from Steve and shoots that figure. But the figure was Pete Van Horn. Lastly, as all the lights in the houses turn on everyone is afraid and do not know what to think or who the monster is. So they all turn on each other. Picking up anything they throw or even shoot.
Evidence 1: In this scene Les Goodman's car turns on and people immediately think that he's the alien and begin to question him.
Evidence 2: Charlie thinks that Pete Van horn is the monster and with fear he shoots him.
Evidence 3: Everyone begins to attack each other since they are scared and point out everyone's name