The theme of "The Monsters are Due on Maple Street", a teleplay by Rod Serling, is that you should not be quick to blame others because you can be jumping to the wrong conclusion based on fear or unreliable sources. On page 13, Tommy see's a person in the distance and shoots "Monster, Monster." Charlie grabs his shotgun and fires. This shows that Tommy and Charlie were jumping to a conclusion, thinking it was a monster but actually was their friendly neighbor Pete Van Horn. In conclusion, all the people have caused violence on Maple Street because of jumping conclusions.
It was a lovely day here on Maple Street. The ice cream man was give the children a scoop of joy, while the others played with their ball.
Until, all of the sudden a mysterious thing flew by Maple Street people thought it was a meteor.
All of the sudden all the power was off, the lights, radios, phones, and cars. The people were devisated.
Charlie and Steve decide to go downtown to the police office to see what is going on, while Pete Van Horn has gone to Flora Street to see if they have the same problem. Tommy stops Charlie and Steve and tells them that the aliens don't want them to call for help.
The residents believe the problem is caused by aliens. They become suspicious of each other and make accusations. At the end, they become violent.
As a result a neighbor is murdered. The residents of Maple Street no longer trust each other. They were no longer friends. They let fear and suspicions rule over reason and logic.