Evidence #1: Steve attempts to lighten the mood of the group.
Theme: Fear and suspicion are destructive forces.
That wasn't a ship or anything like it. That was just a...a meteor or something.
Evidence #2: When Les's car starts up on its own, the group heads over to investigate, but the group starts to turn into a mob.
Evidence #3: When a starnge figure aprroaches the group, Charlie shoots him, only to have the figure turn out to be Pete Van Horn, a neighbor. Charlie now is accused of being an alien.
The theme of 'The Monsters Are Due on Maple Street' is fear and suspicion are destructive forces.The first piece of evidence to support it is when Steve tries to lighten the mood of the crowd, who are afraid of the power failiures. Inside Steve's head, however, he had the same fears he was trying to clear. We can see the fears are already starting to get to the residents. The second peice of evidence is when Les's car starts up, the group heads over to investigate, but the walk turns into a run, ant they begin to transform into aob, until they are stopped by Steve. This scene shows those fears and that suspiscion starting to really show to an observer, and is beggining to influence their actions. The third an final piece of evidence to support this theme is when a strange, shadowy figure was walking up tthe street, Charlie impulsively grabbed Don's shotgun and shot down the figure, which turned out to be Pete Van Horn, a neighbor who went to Floral Street to check their power. Charlie is then accused of being an alien. The fear now has taken them over, and has taken some to the point that they will commit acts of violence based on their fears, and if the acts could be shown as wrong, they would turn on the ones who commited them, and in turn bring more violence. The fears and suspiscion have shown their destructive power.