The Monsters are Due on Maple Street Theme- Mankind is it's own enemy
In “The Monsters are Due on Maple Street” by Rod Serling, a recurring theme is “mankind can be its own enemy.” One example of this theme is when neighbors where accusing each other of being the monster. Since lights would go on in their homes, neighbors began to create accusations on who caused the power outage. In part two of “The Monsters are Due on Maple Street,” Charlie shoots Pete Van Horn after mistaking him as a monster. Pete Van Horn had went to go see if the power was still on Floral Street. Old man Pete Van Horne returned at night. Charlie had seen the dark figure walking towards them. A woman let out a stiff cry and the mother grabbed Tommy. Charlie shouted “It’s a monster, it’s a monster!” Charlie fired and shot… Pete Van Horn. In one scene, people were blaming Tommy. They were though that he was the monster because he told them something from his comic books. Steve questioned Tommy about he aliens. People started to think he was the one who is doing all of this. However, some people did not agree with this. They thought it was just a silly old comic book. People started wondering, blaming, and questioning Tommy. There was a point where the mom said, “he just a little boy.” This relates to my theme because it shows how stubborn these people where to Tommy. All in all, my theme for The Monsters are Due on Maple Street is Mankind is it own enemy. I listed 3 reasons why I think that.
Evidence 1: In this scene, all the neighbors were accusing each other of being a monster.
Evidence 2: In this scene, Charlie shot Van Horn.
Evidence 3: In this scene, everyone was blaming Tommy because he told them about a comic book