The Monsters Are Due on Maple Street Theme: Don't Jump to Conclusions
In “The Monsters Are Due on Maple Street” by Rod Serling, one of the primary themes is when you jump to conclusions, there are repercussions. You can find multiple pieces of evidence within the teleplay and filmed version, but there are 3 three central ones. First, the residents of Maple Street had seen a flash and heard a bang and pretty much everything running on any electricity didn’t work. The residents then converged together and then took to the conclusion that something was odd and that some unknown forces were behind it, which were the basis of the problems, but the residents’ imaginations fueled and stretched it. Second, they had listened to Tommy, who was a 13-year-old kid, about how Steve and Charlie (leaders of the cluster) shouldn’t leave to talk to authorities because monsters from outer space didn’t want them to leave and that there was a family of monsters among them. The crowd at first denied his rhetoric, but after Les Goodman’s car started (a resident of Maple Street), then the cluster had believed his rhetoric. This illustrates how the crowd fell to the conclusion that there was a monster among them and that Les Goodman was the aliens without assessing the presumption. Plus, it turned out that this would be utterly wrong. Last, you can see Les Goodman, a resident of Maple Street, standing behind his car when it had magically turned on. You could see he had a scared looked on his face when the cluster incriminated him. The cluster had also started to verbally harass Goodman for why his car had started. This reveals how even good friends would assume good and bad against friends when they were overtaken by fear and suspicion. In the end, “The Monsters Are Due on Maple Street” shows when people jump to conclusions without analyzing their condition, the consequences can be monumental.
Evidence 1: In this scene, a flash was seen by the residents of Maple Street.
Evidence 2: In this scene, you can see the newly formed crowd converge around Tommy while he was ranting about monsters and aliens.
Evidence 3: Lastly in the scene, Les Goodman is hiding behind his car in front of a suspicious crowd.