The Monsters Are Due on Maple Street Theme:Blaming others and trying to find a scapegoat leads to violence
The monster is Pete Van Horn!
I am not the monster!!!
The monster is Charlie
Charlie is the monster.
Bob Weaver is the monster!
Don Martin is the monster!
Tommy is the monster!
In the story "The Monsters Are Due on Maple Street" by Rod Serling, the theme is that blaming others and trying to find a scapegoat leads to violence. One scene in the story to support that theme is when Charlie blames and thinks that Pete Van Horn was the monster. In act two Charlie saw a dark figure walking towards him which he thought was the monster so he then shot him. Later on in story the other neighbors realize that Charlie ended up killing Pete Van Horn on accident. Another scene that supports this theme is on page 13 and 14 when all the neighbors suspected that Charlie was the monster. They suspected this when all of the neighbors were outside of his house and saw his bedroom light turn on. Charlie tried his best to convince them that he wasn't the monster but he couldn't because he had just killed an innocent man. A few moments later when all the neighbors converged around Charlie's house a man broke away from the crowd and chased Charlie. This soon results in Charlie punching the man after his hand got out of the mans grasp. The last scene that supports this theme was on page 15, 16, and 17 when all the neighbors try to find a scapegoat for each other. After Charlie said that he knew the monster was Tommy, Steve then shot his rifle in the air. Man One realizes that Tommy isn't the monster but he now thinks that Bob Weaver was the monster because he thought it was his house. The Women then says that it isn't Bob Weaver's house but that it's Don Martin's house. Charlie still believe's that the monster is Tommy and Don stills think it is Charlie. But then the monsters turn out to be all the neighbors. In conclusion, all of these scenes show that blaming others and trying to find a scapegoat leads to violence.
Evidence One:This scene describes when Charlie shot and killed Pete Van Horn because he thought he was the monster.
Evidence Two: This scene describes when Charlie results in punching the man who tried to attack him.
Evidence Three:This scene describes when all of the neighbors were trying to a scapegoat.