* CounterpartComparison: A woman in a patriarchal society, is consistently abused and victimized by the male figures in her life. At some point she decides to kill her (would-be) husband, and she is seen coldly and methodically planning for the murder. As scholar Cleanth Brooks argued, Emily is Clytemnestra (Theatre/TheOresteia, Theatre/{{Electra}}) in a new setting.
* NightmareFuel: The wedding room, and what is implied happened there.
* ValuesDissonance: Quite a bit. For instance, when the townsfolk believe that Emily has been DrivenToSuicide and, because she's an OldMaid, ''agree that this is the best thing''. And she was only in her late 20s/early 30s.
** Some of this occurs in-story as well, between the town's older and younger generations.