The Monsters are Due on Maple Street Theme: Thoughts have the power to destroy
I swear to you I don't know why my car turned on!
What are you talking about Charlie? I don't talk to anyone on that radio.
Hey Steve, what and who do you talk to on that radio?
His whole house is lit up lets get him!!
I have no idea why my lights are on!
In “The Monsters Are Due on Maple Street” by Rod Serling, one of the main themes is that thoughts have the power to destroy. I say this because there have been many instances where the people of Maple street turn on each other because of many occasions where the aliens tinkered with the electricity on Maple Street. The first problem was when Les Goodman’s car started up after he had walked away from the car. So, as most people would, they suspected that he was an alien and began to point out random theories to try to convict him as they watched their house. The second instance was when somehow, they ended up on Steve having a radio station and Charlie is the first to start jumping to conclusions and asking who and what he talks to on the radio. The last instance was when Charlie accidentally killed Pete Van Horn because he thought is was a monster so they started rioting and started to pick up rocks and threw them at Charlie’s house breaking the windows and almost one hitting his head after that it sends everyone into chaos. Overall I don’t think jumping to conclusions was the best thing to do in this case.
Evidence One: In this scene Les Goodman's car starts up and he doesn't know why.
Evidence 2: In this scene the people of Maple Street are accusing Steve of being a monster because of his radio.
Evidence 3: In this scene, People are accusing Charlie of being the monster because his house was lit up.