The theme of "The Monsters on Maple Street," a teleplay by Rod Serling, is to have trust in each other because when they started to suspect each other, the whole neighborhood fell into chaos. The neighbors on Maple Street broke windows, fought one another, and Charlie even killed someone because they didn't trust one each other. According to the text, on page 12 Steve points out, "...Let's pick out every idiosyncrasy of every man, woman, and child on the street. And then we might as well set up some kind of kangaroo court." This shows that because they broke the trust, this chaos started.
"Whoever was in that thing that came over. I don't think they want us to leave here."
The people on Maple Street think a meteor passed nearby, however a young boy Tommy states that it was aliens.
All the cars won't turn on and the radios and the electricity are not working.
Theneighbors think Mr. Goodman was an alien because he never came out to see what had happened overhead. His car also turned on by its self when the others couldn't get their car to start. As a result, the neighbors approach him to get some answers.
All the neighbors are now blaming each other of being an alien. For example, Steve, Mr.Goodman, and Charlie.
Charlie shot Pete Van Horn and now people are suspecting Charlie, because he was fast to shoot Pete and was blaming everyone else.
The aliens, that come from the light, discuss of how when they cut out some lights the people will argue and how trust is nonexistent now.