From the 1894 to now there has been a little battle within the short story “The Story of an Hour”, written by Kate Chopin. From its date of publication in Vogue Magazine it began with the title of “The Dream of an Hour” and then had been made into a film titled “The Joy that Kills”. Even though all these titles seem to be fit for Chopin’s piece they all did not accurately represent the story to the fullest. “The Story of an Hour” is the title that best depicts Chopin’s words, without revealing too much but just giving you enough to get you interested.
Kate Chopin puts heart troubled Mrs. Mallard through a roller coaster hour of love and hate, deep sadness and utmost happiness that evidently sends her to death. The title “The Story of an Hour” best represents this. By only giving the reader that it is a story of an hour lets them know that something of significance takes place, but doesn’t let them know exactly what that is, keeps everyone interested. The last reason is because I just think that “The Story of an Hour” just sounds better than, ‘The Joy That Kills”, or “The Dream of an Hour”. It flows better with tone of the story.
“The Joy That kills” is actually my second favorite title. It’s a title that is subtle and to the point. To be honest though, it’s a better movie title than story title. I think it’s perfect for a movie because it’s an eye catching title, but for this story and what it portrays it’s not so much a good fit. In the story it isn’t the representation that it is the joy that kills her, but the loss of “freedom”. “Free! Body and soul free!” she kept whispering.” The shock that the freedom that she so longed for was gone was her husband open the door killed her internally.
I never saw this story as a dream, but more as an inner epiphany. Mrs. Mallard was never really dreaming, but more of coming to a self realization. So the title “The Dream of an Hour” is inaccurate in a way. Even though Ms. Mallard somewhat is experiencing a fake reality, reading it Chopin’s words are still not coming off as a dream. “The Story of an Hour” was illustrated as a story not a dream.
In conclusion “The Story of an Hour” was the best fit for this story. It was a title that gave enough with giving too much. Depicting what the Kate Chopin was trying with her words in just a couple. The other two titles “The Dream of an Hour” and “The Joy That Kills” inaccurately portrayed what the story was really about. They are false in the sense that joy that was the cause of death and that the story was just a dream, a figment of imagination.