Themes for: The Monsters are Due on Maple Street
a. It takes two people to be loyal.
b. Loyalties can change for the better or worse.
c. Loyalties can change based on people’s actions.
d. Loyal friends don’t falsely accuse friends.
a. We’re suspicious of things we don’t understand.
b. Overly suspicious people tend to jump to conclusions.
c. Suspicions can take over our lives and minds and ruin other people’s lives. 3. Perseverance
a. Patience is an element of perseverance.
b. People who persevere are not stubborn.
a. Fear is powerful and can take over your mind.
b. Sometimes fear is a reasonable reaction. Other times, fear can be irrational. c. We should fear ignorant people with the power and authority. d. Ignorant people with power and authority can harm others. e. Fear tends to happen when your rights are gone.
f. Fear can cause people to limit your rights.
g. Sometimes you have to face your fears.
a. Mistrust can lead to confusion.
b. Trust takes courage.
c. Sometimes we can trust the wrong person (people). Rey (The Obsolete Man) 6. Leadership
a. Don’t always trust your leaders.
b. Not all leaders are trustworthy.
c. Don’t follow bad leaders who take away your natural rights to life, liberty, and property. 7. Worthiness
a. People who are worthy of leadership are fair, respectful, trustworthy, do what’s best for the common good, and don’t always make the popular decision, but they try to make the right decision. 8. Ignorance
Have you ever stood on your front porch, looking at a mob of people accusing you of being an alien? Les Goodman, a resident of Maple Street, knows exactly how this feels. In the short story, The Monsters are Due on Maple Street, by Rod Serling there is a strong theme of
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