Take away things we think are necessary – like machines, phones, tv’s, etc., let darkness set in, and watch fear take over. Let mankind’s fears motivate them to turn on one another.
Fear and suspicion can cause peaceful people to turn on one another.
Mankind is its own worst enemy.
Prejudices can kill, and suspicion can destroy, and the thoughtless, frightened search for a scapegoat has a fallout all of its own.
12. Historical times
Japanese Internment Camps
Post 911 profiling
Salem witch trials
13. Figurative language
Maple Street was a bedlam. It was an outdoor asylum for the insane. – metaphor
A 12 year old boy had planted a seed. And something (Fear) was growing out of the street with invisible branches that began to wrap themselves around the men and women and pull them apart. Metaphor p. 287
A fever had taken hold now, a hot burning virus that twisted faces and forced out words… implied metaphor p. 300
The nail on the coffin…one dumb, ordinary, simple idiosyncrasy of a human being – and that was probably all it would take. Metaphor
He (Ned Rosen) was an animal at bay. – Metaphor p. 292