The Monsters are Due on Maple Street

The Monsters are Due on Maple Street

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  • Evidence 1:Sally:"It just doesn't seem right... why, I've known Ethel Goodman ever since they moved in. We've been good friends."  Charlie: "That don't prove a thing. Any guy who'd spend his time looking up at the sky early in the morning- well there's something wrong with that kind of a person... maybe under normal circumstances we could let it go by, but these aren't normal circumstances."
  • Theme: Fear and suspicion are destructive forces
  • Evidence 2: Charlie shoots the figure because he thought it was the monster. They find out it was Pete instead of the monster that Charlie killed. The mob then turned on Charlie suspecting that he was the monster.
  • Evidence 3:Charlie blames Tommy of  being the Monster all along and the crowd leaves Charlie alone and chases Tommy and his Mother believing Charlie and then they shout accusations at each other and kill each other off because of suspicion and fear of the Monster which is themselves.
  • It's Tommy!
  • One of the main themes of The Monsters Are Due on Maple Street are fear and suspicion are destructive forces. My first piece of evidence supporting this is that  when Sally and Charlie are talking Sally thinks it is wrong that it is wrong to betray their previous friends-the Goodman's- , but Charlie thinks that it is suspicious that Les Goodman looks up at the sky in the morning and his car started up by itself even though they knew them for a long time. Charlie's suspicion destructed their friendship. Next, my second piece of evidence is that when the crowd of people saw the dark figure slowly walking toward them Charlie shot it out of Fear and it turned out very badly because it was not the monster that he shot, but Pete, and so Charlie's Fear yet again led to  the destruction of something, and in this case, Pete. My last piece of evidence that fear and suspicion are destructive forces is that when after Charlie shot Pete and his lights turned on in his house the crowd turned on him and suspected him of being the monster and they chased him into house and threw stones into his house. He said he knew who the actual monster was and said it was Tommy. The crowd started to agree with him and chased Tommy and his mom. Fights started breaking out and they all eventually killed each other. This supports that fear and suspicion are destructive forces because they were all afraid of the Monster and tried to find a scapegoat and ended up destrucing eache other and their friendships. Those are three reasons why fear and suspison are destructive forces is a good theme for The Monsters are Due on Maple Street.
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