The Monsters Are Due on Maple Street Theme: Fear and suspicion are destructive forces
I'ts him he's the monster
It's not me
You killed him Charlie
He's the monster I know it
I swear it's not me I'm not the monster
The main theme in Monsters are Due on Maple Street is that fear and suspicion are destructive forces. The scene where everyone starts to accuse Mr. Goodman of being the monster because his car turns on by itself represents the theme that fear and suspicion are destructive forces. This supports the theme because they let fear take over them after they found out that there may be aliens on Maple street. They all became convinced that someone was lying and started to point fingers. So when Mr. Goodman's car turned on by itself they freaked out and they all turn there backs on him. They become convinced that he was the alien and told him that he was always odd and he never fit in with the rest of them. This is an example when they are blinded by there fear. Another scene that supports the theme is when Charlie sees a dark figure in the ally and grabs a shotgun and shoots Pete Van Horn. This supports the theme because Charlie becomes sacred and fearful and lets the suspicion in him take over and shoots the person in the ally which ends up being Pete Van Horn. Meanwhile Pete was just following orders and going to see whether or not any other street had power. This lead Charlie to kill a completely innocent person who was just trying to help the situation. All of Charlie's action were out of fear because he had no idea who the person was and he was trying to make the situation better but only made it worse. Charlie truly made destruction when he decided to pull the trigger. Last but not least another scene that represents the theme is when everyone points fingers at Charlie because his house lights turned on and no one else's did. This represents the theme because after all the action that only made the people of Maple Street more fearful and lead them to point fingers even more. So when Charlie's lights turned on that gave them a chance to point fingers and say that he was the monster. Again they had no evidence that he was the monster but insisted that he was because of the odd occurrence that happened with the lights. Charlie claimed that he was innocent but because of all of there worries no one listened and that only made the situation worse. All of the actions that the people of Maple Street made were all because of the fear and suspicion inside of them. If they were to have stayed calm and worked together the situation would have had a much better outcome. All in all fear and suspicion created much destruction on Maple Street and was the main theme throughout both the story and the teleplay.
Evidence 1: In this scene Charlie and Tommy accuse Mr. Goodman of being the monster because Mr. Goodman's car turns on by itself while no one else's care turns on.
Evidence 2: In this scene Charlie is overcome bu fear and notices a dark figure in the ally who he believes is the monster and grabs the shotgun and shoots Pete Van Horn.
Evidence 3: In this scene Charlie is accused of being the monster right after he kills Pete Van Horn because his house lights turn on and no one else's did.