The Monsters Are Due on Maple Street

The Monsters Are Due on Maple Street
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  • Theme: Fear and Suspicion are Destructive forces
  • Evidence 1: People suspect Mr.Goodman because his car started
  • Evidence 2: People question Steve because of the radio he keeps in his basement.
  • Evidence 3: The Neighbors start blaming each other
  • One major theme of "The Monsters are Due on Maple Street." is that fear and suspicion are destructive forces. One piece of evidence that supports this theme is when Don question Mr.Goodman after his car started leaving everyone to suspect him. This supports the theme because none of the people accusing Mr.Goodman know for a fact what he has done and what he hasn't done, but people keep on antagonizing him because they want the answer that seems most reasonable to them. They are quickly ruining their relationship with their neighbor because of something that they think is true. Another piece of evidence that supports this theme s when people start to suspect Steve because of a radio that he keeps in his basement that nobody has ever seen. The neighbors keep on accusing somebody for being the source of the problem, a problem that they don't even know is real. They come up with silly reasons how and why somebody would/could have done such a thing. A last piece of evidence that supports the theme of this story is when everybody blames the person that they think is the source of the problem. Everybody goes crazy trying to find the person that they think stated the chaos and make them pay for their crimes, even if they say that the didn't do anything.
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