In tone and style, how does "Barn Burning" compare to "A Rose for Emily"?

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The short stories “Barn Burning” and “A Rose for Emily” are both set after the Civil War, featuring white protagonists who live as outsiders to their surrounding community. The style and tone of the stories are very different, but both contribute to climatic endings.

First, the stories’ styles contrast each other. “Barn Burning” is told by a third-person omniscient narrator in a straightforward, objective voice. This story has a chronological, linear narrative with plot action that occurs over a week or so. “A Rose for Emily” is told by a first-person-plural narrator (“we” the townspeople) that at first seems to be omniscient but later is revealed to be limited. The “we” describes Emily’s family history and past suitors like a nosy busybody, but the “we” is shocked in the end by the revelation of Emily’s homicidal scheme. The narrative voice is biased and gossipy in its observations of Emily’s relationship with her overprotective father, her suitors...

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