The Monsters Are Due on Maple Street Theme: Fear and Suspicion are destructive forces.
" I don't understand. I swear... I don't understand. What's happening?"
What kind of radio set you workin’ on ?... Who do you talk to on that radio set? And who talks to you?”
How come you are all dense all of a sudden? Who do I talk to? I talk to three-headed green monsters who fly over here in what looks like meteors's.
In the “Monsters Are Due on Maple Street” by Rod Serling, one of the main themes is that fear and suspicion are destructive forces. This theme displays a message that sometimes as humans we let fear and suspicion ruin friendships, relationships, and lives. One piece of evidence that supports my theme is when everyone suspects and interrogates Les Goodman when his car randomly starts up, when supposedly all the power had gone out on Maple Street. Les walks towards the group and within seconds the car engine starts up by itself. People start talking with doubt and suspicion in their heads. A wildfire begins, “ How come his car just up and started like that?” , “All by itself. He wasn’t anywhere near it. It started all by itself”. , “ He always was an oddball. Him and his whole family. Real oddball” -146 . As the group starts to turn into a mob, Les begins to say, “ I don’t understand. I swear… I don’t understand. What’s happening? …. So I’ve got a car that starts by itself-well, that’s a freak thing- I admit it. But does that make me a criminal or something?”- 146 As fear and suspicion hover over people like clouds, Les gets mistrusted and doubted for something he wasn’t in control of. This scene happened when all the power on Maple Street had gone out, and everyone had heard of Tommy’s story “ Except of the people they sent down ahead of them. They looked just like humans…” -145. When they saw Les Goodman and his car they all assumed it was him and let fear cloud their judgement. In result leaving Les panicked, worried, and a scapegoat. It all took place on Les Goodman’s driveway next to his parked car and house. This scene shows how a person got blamed and mistreated all out of fear and suspicion, two things that we naturally do but can be used in a way to bring out the worst. This supports the theme because it shows how a group of people went against someone without knowing if their accusation was true or not, and let fear as well as suspicion dictate their decisions
Evidence 1: A second piece of evidence that supports my theme is when everyone suspects and interrogates Les Goodman when his car randomly starts up, when supposedly all the power had gone out on Maple Street. - 146
Evidence 2: In this Scene Charlie suspects Steve of talking to aliens, through a radio set that Steve hasn't shown anybody yet. - 149
Evidence 3: In this Scene Charlie gets suspicious and scared when he sees a dark figure coming towards them and out of fear he shoots and realizes it was Pete Van Horn after all. - 150