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Carolyn Meyer

on 27 April 2011

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Transcript of Jessie

I think fear causes confusion more often than facts because if you know the truth about something then you are more aware about what's going on and with fear you don't know exactly what's happening which can make the situation scarier. Vocabulary transfixed: (adj.) very still.
The little girls stood transfixed in fear. The Monsters are Due on Maple Street intimidated: (adj.) frightened by threats or violence.
The teacher was not intimidated by the student's yelling. defiant: (adj.) resisting authority.
The boss was defiant against his client. idiosyncrasy: (n.) peculiarity.
Everyone has an idiosyncrasy that makes them unique. menace: (n.) danger. The man thought the little boy was a menace. converging: (v. used as adj.) coming together. The family converged as they watched the fireworks on the Fourth of July. Essential Question Plot Summary:
1. People on Maple Street saw a flash of light overhead and heard a sound of a roar.
2. All of Maple Street's power went out - phones, cars, lawn mowers, house lights, portable radios.
3. Pete Van Horn leaves to check other streets.
4. Tommy doesn't want anyone to leave because "they" don't want him to.
5. People become suspicious and accuse others of being aliens.
6. Weird things happen: Les' car starts by itself, house lights turn on and off by themselves.
7. People on Maple Street start arguing.
8. Pete Van Horn walks in and the people on Maple Street think he is the monster.
9. Charlie shoots Pete Van Horn thinking he is a monster.
10. The people on Maple Street start blaming Charlie.
11. The two aliens plan to go to other Maple Streets and let them destroy themselves.

Characters Les Goodman - defensive. Les was defending himself while everyone else was blaming him. Tommy - neglected. Tommy was telling everyone what was going to happen but no one believed him because they thought he was crazy. Steve Brand - patient. Steve tried to make everyone listen to what acually happened and was very patient doing so. What do you think now?
I still think that fear causes more confusion than facts because in the story, "The Monsters Are Due on Maple Street" Pete Van Horn went looking at other streets to find out more information about what was happening and when he came back he was just a figure and Charlie was so afraid that he was a monster and he shot him. If you know the facts about certain things, you could become less scared where if you live with the fear it could cause a lot of confusion. "The Monsters Are Due on Maple Street" by Rod Searling. Elements of Literature. Holt, Rinehart, and Winston.
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