The Monsters are due on Maple Street Theme: Thoughts are just as dangerous as weapons.
Everyone believes a story that Tommy told about aliens. The town begins to riot.
In The Monsters are due on Maple Street by Rod Sterling , one of the main themes is that thoughts are as dangerous as weapons. This story shows how close friends and neighbors can turn against each other with just a pinch of superstition. Some evidence to prove this is when Tommy tells the residents of Maple Street a story about how the aliens come and disguise as a family and then wait for the other aliens to come. This makes every one who lives on Maple Street panic an rip their happy normal lives to shreds of darkness an despair. Another way this theme is conveyed is when the lights go off in each others homes and cars. Their machines also turn off and on randomly. The neighbors thoughts bring them to the conclusion that someone on their street is not human due to the electrical issues. These events could make them very dangerous people. Lastly , in the scene where Charlie kills Pete Van Horn after he saw his figure in the darkness ; he thought he was an alien. This shows that thoughts can also bring on the use of weapons as well as being as dangerous as one. What started out as a very average street with ordinary people became paranoia, distrust and death for some. This will go on and on through every Maple Street from one form to another.
Neighbors start to accuse each other of not being human after lights and machines turn on a off randomly.
Charlie kills Pete Van Horn when he sees his figure because he thinks is is the alien.