Narrative Structure-"The Monsters are Due on Maple Street"

Narrative Structure-"The Monsters are Due on Maple Street"

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Theme with TAG: The theme of "The Monsters are Due on Maple Street", a teleplay by Rod Serling is to not suspect someone without meaningful proof and to accuse them of something just because they didn't do anything you think is normal. When Les Goodman's car started by itself, people immediately started raising their suspicion towards him. Don takes it a step further when he mentions, "Why didn’t he come out with the rest of us to look?" One woman states that she sees Les staring at the sky early in the morning, yet no one questions why she was even looking at Les. Even Charlie doesn't have reasonable proof, yet people take his side when he states that there isn't anything legitimate at looking at the sky early in the morning. When Steve goes to Les' porch to try to talk, people start raising suspicion about him too, stating that he isn't exactly above suspicion. When Steve tries to get Charlie to be quiet, he answers by saying, "You sound real anxious to have that happen, Steve. I think we better keep our eye on you too!" What Charlie says about Steve being real anxious to have that happen doesn't really prove that Steve should be watched. Even Charlie was quick to kill Pete Van Horn without even stopping to see who it is, immediately coming to the conclusion that it's an alien.

Storyboard Text

  • Exposition
  • Conflict
  • Rising Action
  • Maple Street is a tree-lined, quiet residential American street, very typical of the small town. Steve brand polishes his car parked in front of his house. His neighbor, don martin, leans against the fender watching him. A Good Humor man rides a bicycle and is just in the process of stopping to sell some ice cream to a couple of kids. Two women gossip on the front lawn. Another man waters his lawn.
  • Climax
  • Tommy plants a seed of doubt in everyone's minds by telling them that aliens might be approaching and that one of them might be an alien.
  • Falling Action
  • When Les Goodman's car unexpectedly starts when no one else's electricity is working, people immediately start accusing Les of being one of the aliens.
  • Resolution
  • Charlie kills Pete Van Horn.
  • After houses' lights have flickered on and off and people started raising suspicions about one another, they turned into a full scaled riot against one another, accusing the other one of being an alien.
  • As Maple Street accuse one another, figures start to take shape and explain to one another how quickly one can turn against the other.
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