Charlie (The Twilight Zone) Charlie is one of the main characters in “The Monsters are Due on Maple Street” by Rod Serling. In the story there 's a science and superstition involved. There 's fears in people 's eyes. Their knowledge of superstition, and their imagination is ruining their lives.
The people he thought he trusted fell in the same group as all the other nobody in his life that just brought him down into a repeating cycle of hate and so much more that he can now see. Charlie uses the word “dumb” as if it's the opposite of standard society in a way and when people in general refer to the word dumb they have negative influences and Charlie is portraying this thought as one of his own because he has heard it so many times he's beginning to believe it himself. To succeed in life if you have enough determination it doesn’t matter whether or not you have the intelligence for it. Nothing worth putting time into will ever be easy because life is about giving 110% towards what means most to
Charlie had this incredible desire to be smart. He wanted to be intelligent he wanted to be accepted into society. The drive he had to be someone to himself is what took to where he need to go. He was the one who took himself to night school. He is the one got himself a job at the factory.
Also do you believe that Charlie is starting to mature or does everyone do this regardless of maturity level? Comment below. Also, I read an interesting article titled '27 Signs of True Maturity '. Lots of these signs posted in this article mirror Charlie 's actions and thoughts.
At one point in the story Charlie was inside a restaurant. A mentally impaired waiter was being harassed because he
After all, Charlie was used as an experimental humanoid and did not know the risks of it. He soon became intelligent enough to do
First of all, people in the story use Charlie in an amusing fashion. For instance, two of Charlie’s so called friends, Joe Carp and Frank Reilly, took him out to a party just so they could laugh at him. Based on the text, “Everybody was laughing. Frank said, ‘I ain’t laughed so much since we sent him off for the newspaper that night at Muggsy’s and ditched him’” (55). Because Charlie understands why his “friends” invite him to have a good time (for them), he becomes very ashamed of his intelligence.
He is sexist and fancy of himself as a man's man. We get the sense that his “girl in every port” lifestyle is driven by a “you only live once” attitude. But things change in a crisis. Problem with an aircraft engine, force Charlie to make a crash landing only yards from the shore of a lake. Luckily both of them unharmed during the crash.
“The Monsters Are Due on Maple Street” Boom! “The Monsters Are Due on Maple Street” is about an ordinary street that turns from peaceful to chaos, and how easily people can turn on each other. The plot is not realistic in “The Monsters Are Due on Maple Street” because Les Goodman’s car started on its own in the 1950s, they blamed the power outage on aliens, and Charlie shot Pete Van Horn. The reason why Les Goodman’s car started on its own in the 1950s, is unrealistic is that the technology we have now did not exist back then.
When people share a common irrational fear, it causes distrust among themselves. For example, Charlie starts to harass everyone else and picks at their differences. Charlie is suspicious of Les Goodman, when his car starts up by itself, and Steve Brand, with his radio set in his basement that he works on for hours. Tommy’s explanation and reaction is irrational while Charlie’s reaction to the situation is more rational, since he is suspicious of certain differences. Even then, he still does not have factual evidence due to the fear of the circumstances.
Charlie is clearly unstable when being alone, just like all people would be if they were in a situation where they felt this lonely. Another moment where we can see how exclusion negatively impacts Charlie when he was walking around the mall alone, and saw a girl he used to be friends with, and a group of friends she was with. He went up to her and asked her about Michael, their friend who committed suicide. This was undoubtedly an awkward situation that Charlie puts her in, and she thinks what he did was strange. As they walked away one of the guys whispered,
“Charlie did not answer, but dropped to a couch and buried his fist in her stomach, after which she fell back onto a chair and sat bent over, drooling and coughing and generally struggling to regain her breath and composure” (Dewitt 183) Eli stood his ground and did not interfere, while Charlie did what he could to get Morris’ journal. Instead of persuading or bribing the innkeeper Charlie assumed beating her up is the way to handle it. Letting his dark side take over bit by bit Eli sees no way of Charlie 's light side to shine again. Changing a person 's perspective on a subject is next to impossible because their mindset is fixed onto a certain way in which they think is the right way, no matter what the situation