The Monsters Are Due On Maple Street
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Fear and Suspicion Are Destructive Forces
Evidence 1: When Les Goodman's car starts up by itself neighbors are suspicious of why his car is the only one starting up and they have fear of him whenever he approaches. They question him and keep an eye on his house and him. Even close friends weren't able to trust and believe his claim of having insomnia and that he didn't know why his car was up and running. This caused a lot of yelling and now more people are going to start to find scapegoats without reasoning.
You're fools! All of you!
How do you explain that Goodman?? How come your car is the only one working, huh?
Evidence 2: Charlie is turning on everyone including his close friend, Steve. He is suspicious of his idiosyncrasy of him and Steve's "mysterious" radio set. Just because of one little radio set, Charlie doesn't trust him and points out to all the neighbors that he is a suspect. Even Steve's wife states that mostly everyone has a radio set and that it's normal.
It's just a simple radio set, Charlie....Everyone has them!
Watch who you're talking to Steve! You're still a suspect yourself!!
Evidence 3: A dark figure is approaching the group of neighbors and Don takes action by taking a shotgun. Steve takes it away but Charlie snatches it because he is scared of the figure approaching. Without taking a second to see who it was, Charlie pulls the trigger. It turns out to be Pete Van Horn and this causes fear and suspicion toward Charlie and his actions. The violence started and everyone is revolting against each other and NO ONE could be trusted.
I think that the theme in The Monsters Are Due On Maple Street is about how fear and suspicion both play parts to result in a destructive force. Many close friends and neighbors couldn't trust each other because of fear and suspicion between them. Violence was the effect of this and many people were caught in many morasses. When Les Goodmans' car started up by itself and was the only one up and running, people were so suspicious of him and his family. It got to the point in the story where people began to keep an eye on him. They started to judge him and were not convinced of his claims of innocence like, that he would stare at the sky early in the morning only because he had a disease called insomnia. Neighbors also started to point out things that were unusual about him. Charlie also turns against his good friend Steve and picks out his idiosyncrasies and shows his suspicion to everyone of Steve's "mysterious" radio set. Charlie was always eager to find a scapegoat and would point at anyone he could. Through fear, Charlie took the shotgun and shot the dark figure approaching. Charlie was very impatient in a matter that resulted to be very bad because the figure turned out to be Pete Van Horn. Charlie's actions caused people to have fear and lots of suspicion of him for "unknowingly" killing Pete. If Charlie would've taken a second to stop and wait to see who it was, people wouldn't have started to have fear against him. In conclusion, the monsters in life are us, the humans, and in this story the "Humans" Are Due On Maple Street.
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