People of Maple Street: Les Goodman is the monster he was always odd, he and his whole family.
Fear and suspicion can take over one's mind
People of maple street: It is Charlie he is the alien. What if Pete Van Horn had valuable information? That is why Charlie killed him.
Fear and suspicion can take over one's mind is the theme for the story. The first example is when all the people of Maple street thought that Les Goodman was the monster because his cars worked and the engine started when no one else's car worked. This scene shows that they were being very paranoid due to their fear of the "monster". The second scene shows that everyone was suspicious of Steve because he worked on his radio in his basement a lot. They thought he might of been communicating with the "monsters." That represents that they were easily thinking that anyone could be the monster. The last example of how these scenes support the theme involves Charlie. Charlie was so scared that he thought the moving shadow (Pete Van Horn) was the monster and without thinking clearly he shot and killed Pete. In conclusion "Fear and suspicion can take over one's mind is the correct representaion or theme of the story.
Textual Evidence: Don: And he never did come out to look at that thing that flew overhead. He was always an oddball him and his whole family.
Textual Evidence: Charlie: go ahead Steve. What kind of "radio set" you work-in on? I have never seen it.Neither has anyone else. Who you talk to on that radio set? who talks to you?
Textual Evidence: Goodman: You were so quick to kill Charlie , and you were so quick to tell us who to be careful of. Maybe Peter there was trying to tell us something. Maybe he had found something and came back to tell us who there was amongst us we should watch out for-