The Monsters Are Due on Maple Street

The Monsters Are Due on Maple Street
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  • Theme: Never jump to conclusions because it leads to violence.
  • Evidence 1: Instead of facing the fact that the power is out, everyone jumps to the conclusion there are aliens all because a kid said so.
  • OMG! ALIENS!
  • NO! ALIENS!
  • The lights go out
  • Actually, it's just the power-
  • Evidence 2: When Mr. Goodmen's car turned on, everyone jumped to the conclusion of him being an alien. What would have been smarter is actually using the car. 
  • *tries to turn on car* No dice. *the car turns on* Um... 
  • He's an alien because his car turned on by it self!
  • Evidence 3: When the shadowy figure showed up, Charlie just jumped to the conclusion that it was an alien and ended up shooting Pete.   
  • Evidence 3: When the shadowy figure showed up, Charlie just jumped to the conclusion that it was an alien and ended up shooting Pete.   
  • AH! You shot me!
  •     The theme I chose for The Monsters Are Due on Maple Street is "Never jump to conclusions because they lead to violence." This theme almost perfectly fits this story and I have the evidence to prove it. My first evidence is somewhat in the beginning of this teleplay when the power goes out and Timmy jumps to the conclusion that aliens are  doing this. This little statement is what causes everyone on Maple Street to do some rash things throughout the story and cause mayhem. My second evidence is when Les Goodman's car turns on by itself. And because of Timmy jumping to conclusions, with the power going out in the previous evidence, everyone now jumps to the conclusion of Les Goodman being an alien. Also, I thought it was kind of stupid that they thought to call him an alien instead of seeing if they can use his car to get some help. My third and last pace of evidence is when Charlie shot Pete. This fits into the theme because Charlie jumps to the conclusion of the shadowy figure being an alien instead of waiting to see what it actually was. And because he jumped to that conclusion, he ended up shooting Pete. This then caused everyone to start blaming Charlie, then Timmy, then Les, and so on, in a never ending cycle of violence. We don't know this for sure, but we can infer that everyone became really violent and started to attack each other. To end my statement, I believe that "Never jump to conclusion because they lead to violence" is the best theme for The  Monsters Are Do On Maple Street. 
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