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Monsters Are Due On Maple Street Rod Seling Essay

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Many real world events inspired authors, like Rod Serling, to write stories and make TV shows. Emmett Till’s story was definitely a huge event that Serling was eventually able to write about. Rod Serling was an author that would write about important topics to always tell us or warn us about something if we aren't careful. Like many authors, Rod Serling was influenced by bird and important real world events and by some experiences he had gone through. At first, he struggled with being censored, but turned to science fiction to tell meaningful stories about events, such as Emmett Till’s death, and also many controversial themes like paranoia in “The Monsters are Due on Maple Street.”
Emmett Till was a 14 year old African American boy who was murdered by white men. Those that knew Emmett said he was funny and responsible. He had polio at the age of 5, but was able to recover with only a slight stutter(source 3). Emmett’s nickname that only some of his friends
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In one of his stories he said,”There are weapons that are simply thoughts, attitudes, prejudices-to be found only in the minds of men(428)”, which is saying that some thoughts and ideas can be stronger than bombs and explosions. Several things can happen with only a certain thought or action that can be extremely bad and horrible. Serling also stated later in the same story,”A thoughtless, frightened search for a scapegoat has a fallout(428)”, which is showing that some things and ideas can destroy civilizations and drive people insane. There are many bad things that can come from suspicion and people's minds. If there is an idea or rumor that is bad and if it spreads then people believe it and then everything goes crazy. This is important because if one crazy thing happens we can't immediately jump to conclusions and think that it was monsters or
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