Is there a similarity in terms of theme between "Barn Burning" and "A Rose for Emily"?

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Perhaps the most obvious similarity between "Barn Burning" and "A Rose for Emily" is the combination of fierce independence and madness of the two principle characters, Abner Snopes and Emily Grierson. Despite coming from opposite ends of the social spectrum, both characters are misfits who consider themselves above the law and norms of society.

Emily Grierson is less assuming than Abner Snopes. She is a shut-in and spinster who causes little fuss or trouble, with the notable exception of the smell that comes from her house (which we can assume is Homer Baron's decaying body). Aside from this instance, it's only when the authorities of the town attempt to get Emily to live up to her civic responsibilities that we see her contempt for authority. Colonel Snopes remits her taxes in the years after the Civil War for dubious reasons, and Emily accepts the pretense; thus, she refuses to pay taxes for the rest of her life. A generation later, when the town fathers insist she must contribute,...

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