Monsters on Maple Street - Plot Diagram


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  • Exposition
  • Steve Brand (protagonist)
  • Charlie
  • Charlie's Wife
  • Mrs. Brand
  • Les Goodman
  • The Monsters Are Due on Maple Street - by Rod Serling
  • Sally
  • Tommy (Sally's son)
  • Mrs. Goodman
  • One summer evening...
  • Pete Van Horn
  • Maple Street, USA
  • Don Martin
  • The beings who are revealed at the conclusion are plotting to destroy the Earth, which infers that they oppose mankind.
  • Conflict
  • Due to the fear and prejudice in their hearts, the people develop suspicion of each other, which later causes them to turn on, and hate, each other.
  • MAN
  • MAN
  • vs
  • vs
  • (self)
  • (aliens)
  • MAN
  • As a flash and roar suddenly arrive and disappear, electricity goes out. The people discuss numerous scenarios. Tommy offers his input: there were monsters on the thing that flew by, and they sent a family down in advance; this family is among them, and they are not who they seem to be.
  • Rising Action
  • "What was that? A meteor?" (668)
  • "'They don't want us to leave. That's why they shut everything off.'" (671)
  • "Electricity's off. Phone won't work... Radio's gone dead..." (669)
  • Grr... Why isn't this thing working?
  • "Charlie slowly raises the gun. As the figure gets closer and closer he suddenly pulls the trigger... the figure, who suddenly lets out a small cry, stumbles forward onto his knees and then falls forward on his face." (679)
  • Climax
  • "'No more talk, Steve. You're going to talk us into a grave! You'd let whatever's out there walk right over us, wouldn't yuh? Well, some of us won't!'" (678)
  • Falling Action
  • To Charlie's surprise, the figure turns out to be Pete Van Horn; this, in addition to the flickering lights, causes the crowd to erupt with accusations and screams of pure terror, which throws the town into utter chaos.
  • Well, I think it's either Les or Charlie... It HAS to be!
  • "'... I didn't know who he was... How was I supposed to know he wasn't a monster or something?... I was just tryin' to... protect my home, that's all... I didn't know it was somebody we knew...'" (680)
  • Well who do YOU think it is then?
  • Toward the end, two figures silhouetted against the light of a metal space craft elaborate their conspiracy against the people of the Earth.
  • Resolution
  • "'... we'll go from one to the other and let them destroy themselves. One to the other... one to the other... one to the other...'" (684)
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