The Monsters Are Due on Maple Street Theme: People turn on people
In "The Monsters Are Due on Maple Street" by Rod Serling, one of the themes is people turn on people. In the teleplay, there are a few scenes that support the theme of the story. In the story, the neighbors of Maple Street hear a loud crash and then suddenly the electricity stops working. The neighbors suspect that there is some kind of monster causing the electricity to stop working. Throughout the story, the neighbors try to figure out who the monster is. There is a scene where all of a sudden, the lights in Charlie´s house start flickering and all the neighbors think Charlie is the monster. Then a man starts running right toward Charlie and suddenly tackles him. This scene supports the theme that people turn on people because it shows that the neighbors on Maple Street start fighting just because they think that someone among their group may be a monster causing all the inconveniences on their street. They start to not trust each other because they want to keep themselves safe. Another scene in the teleplay that supports the theme is when Les Goodman's car suddenly starts out of nowhere. The neighbors now think that Les Goodman is the monster causing the electricity failure. Les tells his neighbors that he is no different from any of the rest of them and that they have known him for 5 years now, but they still thought that he was the monster. This scene supports the theme of people turn on people because it shows that neighbors are turning on each other because something out of the ordinary happens. The neighbors just want to protect themselves and their families. Another scene that supports the theme of this teleplay is after Les Goodman went into his house after he is accused of being the monster causing the electricity to stop working. Once Les was inside of his house, Charlie told his neighbors that the Goodman family have always been oddballs. This scene supports the theme that people turn on people because it shows that Charlie starts to talk badly about his neighbor that he has known for 5 years, just to keep himself safe. In the end, none of the neighbors of Maple Street ended up being a monster. Aliens were controlling the electricity and none of the neighbors had anything to do with it.
Evidence One: In this scene, the lights in Charlie's house start flickering when there is no electricity on Maple Street. Everybody now thinks that Charlie is the monster and so a man tackles Charlie and lands right on top of him.
Evidence Two: In this scene, Les Goodman's car starts to suddenly work when there is no electricity on the street and now everyone thinks that Les is the monster. So Les talks about being their neighbor for 5 years now and that he´s no different from any of his neighbors on Maple Street.
Evidence Three: In this scene, Charlie and his neighbors suspect that Les Goodman is the monster because his car started out of nowhere. Charlie talks to his neighbors about how Les Goodman and his whole family have always been oddballs.