The Monsters Are Due on Maple Street Theme: Fear can take over and make you do crazy things.
It's the kid! It's Tommy!
The theme ‘Fear can take over and make you do crazy things’ for the text The Monsters Are Due on Maple Street has many pieces of evidence to support that theme. For example, when Charlie shoots Pete Van Horn out of pure fear, that shows that people do crazy things when they are scared. The reason this supports the theme, is because no one would blindly shoot someone if they didn’t know who it was unless of fear. Another piece of evidence that supports the theme is the moment in the story when everyone turns on Tommy just because he might have had a thought as to what the flashing light was. If it weren't for fear, no one in their right mind would turn on a boy with no good reasoning to support their claim that he’s the monster (and they can’t even be sure that that’s what’s really happening anyway). My final piece of evidence supporting the theme, is when everyone turns on each other and everything erupts into chaos over something they don’t even know is true. They turn on one another out of fear of who it could be. In conclusion, fear can have a huge impact your thoughts and make you do crazy thing that you normally wouldn't do, just like the theme, ‘Fear can take over and make you do crazy things’.
Evidence 1: In this scene, Charlie shoots the figure walking toward the group out of fear that it might be the monster. In reality it was really Pete Van Horn and no one would shoot a person without knowing who it is if not for fear.
Evidence 2: After thinking it was Charlie, everyone turns on the boy Tommy just because she had a thought as to what might have been happening. The people skipped to assumptions out of fear without any real evidence that it was him.
Evidence 3: In the end everyone turned on each other in fear of who it could be but not really knowing who it was. Out of fear, they erupted into chaos of accusations.