Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Xenophobia On "Maple Street?"

How does The Twilight Zone Episode: The Monsters Are Due On Maple Street address the concept of xenophobia? What alarms you regarding the inhabitants actions and attitudes? How does this episode align or differ with stories we have already read? Other thoughts? Please respond by 2:30p.m. on Mon., February 27th, 2017.

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  1. In The Monsters Are Due On Maple Street, the characters all portrayed xenophobia because when the power went out and things that they were not used to were happening they were scared. It was the new and unknown things that caused them to act irrationally. This is almost an exact opposite of The Puppet master, because in that text they were not afraid of the new creature and in The Twilight Zone they were.

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  2. I think The Monsters Are Due On Maple Street represents xenophobia because the characters are so quick to blame and point fingers at the first person who seems out of place. What surprised me most is that they let themselves get so out of control of fear that windows ended up getting smashed and someone was shot. I think this most relates to the Puppet Show text we read in class, because the donkey was left on the outside of the circle.

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  4. The Monsters Are Due On Maple Street displays xenophobia by having all the characters go paranoid and accuse each other of being aliens when unusual things start to happen on their quiet street. What surprised me the most was how out of control the neighbors let the situation get. I think this differs the most with The Puppet Show text because in that story, all the characters stayed calm when an alien showed up but in the episode, the characters panicked.

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  5. The people in the Twilight Zone episode The Monsters Are Due On Maple Street demonstrated xenophobia through their fear caused by the possibility that one of them was a monster or spy. This fear appeared in the form of accusations founded on very circumstantial evidence and the mob mentality many of the people displayed as they ran along with the crown from one scapegoat to the next. The episode ended with people becoming so panicked over the thought of aliens that they ended up harming one another, even though it was never proven that one of them was an alien. This differed from puppet master in the way people reacted violently to the 'unknown' but it was also very similar because the whole time aliens were pulling strings to cause a reaction from the humans. I think this is a least slightly frightening because this fear-mongering and mob mentality is something we see today, and the possibility of unnecessary hate and violence doesn't seem to be far behind.

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  6. The people on Maple Street are terrified of the unknown "monsters" without knowing anything about them. They are terrified of the monsters and each other based only on what some kid read in a comic book. I'm alarmed by how quickly they all took what the kid said as fact, and never doubted it.

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  7. The Monsters Are Due On Maple Street illustrates the concept of xenophobia, because as soon as strange things started happening on maple street, the residents started to turn against each other,. They were unable to find an explanation to their sudden problems, and they passed the blame from one household to the next until they all were fighting each other. I thought that this episode of the twilight zone related well to the forbidden planet film that we watched in class. In both the film and the TV episode, people were turned against each other and it led to the destruction of a group of people.

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  8. The xenophobia in the townspeople is so fierce and strong that it takes over and controls them to single out people who are suspicious, and hunting them like a mob.

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  9. The Monsters on Maple Street show how humans are their own monsters, with our prejudices we believe others like us are "weird" and perhaps even "monsters". If anything is out of the normal humans freak out, instead of embracing change or new ideas and challenges. In our stories, humans were in the future and seemed more accepting of strange phenomenon. People back in the 50's were not accepting of different people.

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  10. xenophobia is being afraid of out of the box creatures. in maple street, xenophobia is shown as many of the neighbors who become afraid of each other and accusing each other for being extraterrestrial organisms. it is historical to watch how the neighborhood create examples to accuse people of being the extraterrestrial, even though the viewer knows they are probably not the one.

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    1. xenophobia is described as being afraid of another kind such as alien or even our own species. In Xenophobia on "Maple Street" many of the neighbors began blaming each other for creating extraterrestrial actions. they were all afraid that one of their kind was extraterrestrial.

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  11. I feel that peoples worst enemy is themselves and there doubts for normalcy. The people demon straits xenophobia because the people on maple street are afraid because they dont know if there is a monster and who it is and since this is no normal for the citizens and they start to act in a rational way.

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  12. All of the residents got really scared once they suspected there was something different or unknown about them. They started to judge and to fear people that they knew or thought they knew. People change as soon as they don't know something. This reaction is a more realistic reason to something like this than in "puppet show".

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  13. The Monsters Are Due On Maple Street proclaims the idea of xenophobia, becuase everyone on the street started to accuse each other of being alien becuase of their personalities and actions.

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  14. The Monsters are Due on Maple Street explore the concept of xenophobia by showing that once a strange thing happens in their society, all hell breaks loose. Everyone goes insane and they start pointing fingers at each other. The idea of not knowing what to expect and breaking the mold in their everyday life is foreign to the people. Not knowing for sure if one of their peers was an alien or not, eventually resulted in physical violence. The difference between this show and the puppet master is the reaction of the people. However they were similar by the aliens having full control of the humans emotionally and soon physically. I think its terrifying to see how humans react when something goes wrong. We turn on each other so easily, when we have the ability to problem solve together. It's also sad because when bad things happen, we should unite instead of acting out of anger and impulse.

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  15. The concept of xenophobia in Monsters are due on maple street is that something flew over the street and now everything is acting weird and all the people are blaming each other fo this and not considering anything else but the people in their street. The people reacted really badly and just start blaming people instead of assessing the situation. It aligns with other stories because everyone i afraid of new things that they are not used to or don’t understand.

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  16. In the Monsters are Due on Maple Street, xenophobia is shown when everyone thinks their neighbors are aliens. It was interesting how one little kid could influence the whole neighborhood. The lights go out. No one considered other possibilities. It was automatically assuming aliens had arrived. Like in puppet show, everyone assumed this was an alien. The aliens who just watched this happened, just turned the lights out. Everyone suddenly became aliens and chaos occurred. No one once considered that these aliens might be friendly. They immediately assumed the worst.

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  17. Showing Xenophobia make its way in the Twilight zone, having the fear of the unknown. Starting off with the kid who planted the idea of a alien invader, with that idea planted the fear of the unknown kicks in. People revert back to the irrational state, looking for a quick fix to solve their problems.

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  18. Xenophobia in The Twilight Zone shows that when the kid talks about aliens it shows that we are afraid of the unknown because we see people accuse the people who have electricity of being aliens.

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  19. Xenophobia In the twilight zone is there because the people start to gang up on a guy because they think he might be an alien just because there electricity goes out and his car turns on.

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  20. In this episode of the Twilight Zone, Xenophobia is shown to tear relationships and trust apart. When everyone started to jump to conclusions about the cause of the power outage, xenophobia caused the neighbors to turn on each other. This shows that xenophobia can hurt people, and make them feel alienated from the rest of the crowd.This aligns with the stories we have read, such as Muse, because both stories show how xenophobia can cause pain and breaks in different forms of relationships. Xenophobia can cause people to go crazy, as seen in both Muse and the Twilight Zone.

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  21. This episode of the twilight zone shows xenophobia by having the entire town afraid of whoever is making the strange things happen and accusing others of doing these things. It shows Xenophobia also in the fact that they have fear of the unknown. They don't know what has happened and they created fear among themselves.

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  22. This episode of the Twilight Zone addresses xenophobia by showing how quickly and easily we turn on ourselves. In fact, this is even more topical because we haven't made contact with any other species yet, so the only differences are our own. A quote that was striking from this episode was, and I'm paraphrasing, "Yes, this maple street. There are many like it, all over the world." It shows that people are still the same, that they'll turn on each other and distrust because of differences. I'm not particularly alarmed by the actions of these people, but that's because I'm cynical. I think it's sad that people think this way at all, but I'm not alarmed by it. I understand. We're all guilty of it, at one point or another.

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  23. That we are afraid of what we don't know and we will do somethings thinking its best when its not the best idea and we do things when we are frightened and scared.

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