The Monsters Are Due on Maple Street Theme: Accusation and fear can lead to bad things.
In "The Monsters Are Due on Maple Street" by Rod Serling, one of the main themes is that accusation and fear can lead to bad things.The scene in which Les Goodman is accused supports the theme that accusation and fear can lead to bad things. When Les is accused, the neighbors unknowingly start madness. This shows that when they accuse Les, they invoke fear into themselves and each other. This fear sets the events of the story. Another scene that supports the theme is the scene where Charlie shoots Pete. Charlie was afraid, so he shot what he thought was the “monster”. By, doing this Charlie has installed more fear into the neighbors and has killed someone because of his own fear. Another scene that also supports the theme is the scene where chaos erupts, this . When all of the neighbors are afraid, they start to accuse each other and based on those actions they make more bad decisions. They start to fight each other and break each other’s property. From all of these scenes, the message is clear that the theme is accusation and fear can lead to bad things.
Evidence 1: In this scene, Les Goodman, is accused of being one of the "monsters" based on the fact that his car starts when no one else's does, after the power goes out on Maple Street.
Evidence 2: In this scene, Pete Van Horn is shot because Charlie thought that he was the the "monster" when Pete was walking toward the group at night on Maple Street.
Evidence 3: In this scene, chaos erupts between the neighbors whne everybody starts to accuse each other on Maple Street.