You're right! We should run a check on the people in our neighborhood!
It's the kid! I swear it's the kid!
Yeah, it's definitely the kid!
In my opinion, the theme for the story "The Monsters are due on Maple Street" is to not jump to conclusions. This is my opinion because there are several cases in the story where if the people had thought through their decisions logically and not quickly, the story would have ended in a much better way. Some of these examples are the following; - Near the beginning of the story, after the townsfolk believe that the alien is in their town, they are eager to find a scapegoat as they are scared and nervous about the fact of there even being an alien. They accuse Les Goodman without any solid evidence, but if they had thought it through more, they could have come to a more logical conclusion, which would have prevented all the ruckus that follows. - Even before that, right after the whole town sees the "meteor", Tommy says that the aliens are in the town. This was not a very logical conclusion, but nevertheless, everyone agreed with him. If they had thought through it a little more, they could have actually done something productive and started looking for the aliens instead of accusing each other. -Near the end of the story, Charlie is desperate to not be seen as a suspect, so he wildly points out the Tommy. The crowd still accepts this, as at this point they are too riled up to think logically. In conclusion, I think that the theme for the teleplay "The Monsters are Due on Maple Street" is to not jump to conclusions, as the residents of Maple Street go into a very precarious situation by jumping ahead and not thinking things through as they should have done.
The residents of Maple Street accuse Les of being the alien without any solid evidence.
Tommy convinces Steve and Charlie that the alien is in their town, even though the more reasonable theory is that the aliens are elsewhere.
Charlie is quick the blame Tommy to get out of a dangerous situation, but the crowd is so nervous and worried that they buy it.