Cannibalism In Rod Sterling's Monsters Are Due On Maple Street

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Humans consider polar bears as one of the cutest animals on the planet. Not only are they adorable, but they are also going extinct because of the warming temperatures in the Arctic. But what the public does not know is that the warmer weather is not the only thing killing off these animals; it is truly cannibalism. Rod Sterling's story, "Monsters Are Due on Maple street," reveals this surprising truth in a similar way. The story takes place in an ordinary neighborhood that is supposedly being attacked by aliens. But Sterling is not writing about cute bears killing themselves, he is showing people aliens and space is not their enemy, but really themselves. Likewise, mankind’s worst foe is mankind itself. First of all, humans easily destroy themselves due to their panic over any sudden change in their life. For instance, in the beginning of Sterling’s tale, the neighborhood of Maple Street experiences a temporary blackout. This blackout turns into a big deal when the neighbors start ruining each other through accusations. Another example, when Steve, a humble man, tries to start his car, it seems that it is dead, causing more of a struggle in the blackout. Afterward the neighborhood begins arguing what is going on, making them turn into lunatics in the end. Lastly, a man named Les Goodman also tries to start his car, and it seems to work as he…show more content…
In Rod Sterling's tale, “Monsters Are Due On Maple Street,” he similarly explains this in a real situation in any place, such as Maple Street. He goes on to show his readers and watchers of the “Twilight Zone” that humans have several weaknesses that cause them to turn against each other. For example, their panic over sudden change, their speedy inferences, and their gullibility. These are common weakness that people are born with that may not only help them but destroy them as well. In conclusion, “we have met the enemy, and it is us.” (Walt Kelly,

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