The Monsters are Due on Maple Street

The Monsters are Due on Maple Street

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  • Evidence 1: Les's car turns on while the power is out and everything else isn't working. The residents get scared and form a mob around him but Steve stops it before it was too late.
  • Theme: Blaming others and trying to find a scapegoat can lead to violence.
  • Why is your car the only one working? 
  • What's goin' on Les?
  • Evidence 2: Charlie kills Pete which leads the residents believing that he is hiding something. Due to these events, they blame him and throw rocks at him and his home.
  • I'm not the monster, it's not me, it's not my fault!!!
  • Evidence 3: The street's locals start to chase Tommy along with his mother, Sally after Charlie's performance of announcing that he's the monster. Shortly after, lights went off in numerous houses causing damage to Maple Street.
  • Run Tommy!
  • Get him hurry!
  • One of the main themes of The Monsters are due on Maple Street by Rod Sterling is 'Blaming others and trying to find a scapegoat can lead to violence'. In this teleplay it has many different themes to choose from, but to me this one sticks out the most because there are so many pieces of evidence. For example, in box one Les's neighbors tried to call him the scapegoat (person to blame) so they formed a mob around him on his lawn. Luckily Steve was the person to stop it before things got out of hand. Another example of this topic is when Charlie shot Pete.  Neighbors on this street started to get suspicious of him saying that he was hiding something that Pete knew about. This turn of events made them angry and frightened so they attacked him with rocks thinking he was a monster and the purpose for all of this chaos. Lastly they even tried to run Tommy and his mother out of town because they called him the monster, due to the fact that he read about these things in comic books. After this lights went on all over Maple Street causing the town to turmoil and destroy them. This is how 'Blaming others and trying to find a scapegoat can lead to violence'.
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