Monsters Are Due on Maple Street

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When a sudden and inexplicable force causes everything to stop working on Maple Street, the people there begin to wonder who or what is responsible. Fear begins to invade each person’s mind. Accusations and suspicions about one person, then another and an innocent man is killed. As the teleplay closes, the audience learns that aliens are to blame and are observing the humans’ self-destructive behavior. This behavior reveals that the real monsters on Maple Street are the people themselves and the fears and prejudices they harbor. (Holt Elements of Literature, 2008)

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