The theme of "The Monsters Are Due on Maple Street", a teleplay by Rod Sterling is to not be overreact because it will most likey escalate the situation and make the issue worse. This is shown when everyone becomes suspious of Les Goodman when his car suddenly starts. This creates tension between Les and the entire neighborhood. Also when Charlle mistakenly shoots Pete Van Horn it causes everyone to turn against Charlie and then all of the neighbors. In conclusion, you should in most situations never overreact.
Something just flew over us! What was that?
Nothing is working!
Please don't leave! They won't want you to do that.
People of Maple Street are happily talking and enjoying a normal day in their neighborhood.
Then a mysterious thing flies over the neighborhood. The power goes out and everyone soon starts panicing.
Pete Van Horn goes to look at the other neighborhoods. Tommy warns everone of the dangers of leaving the neighborhood. He says that anyone can be an alien.
After Les Goodman's car suddenly starts everyone becomes suspicous of Les and each other.
Why does his car start? He must be an alien.
When Pete Van Horn comes back and then the very cautious and quick to blame Charlie shoots and kills Van Horn. Then afterwards all of the house's lights randomly begin to flicker on and off. The people once again are very suspious and blame each other.
The aliens that landed near the neighboorhood inpspect the reactions of the people on Maple Street. They conclude that they people on this street are like evryone else and that they human race will destroy themselves.