When Louise, a young woman with a severe heart condition, receives news of her husband’s death, the outcome is less than expected. Kate Chopin’s “Story of an Hour” tells the heart-wrenching tale of women’s empowerment. From an overwhelming amount of sadness, to a sudden realization of freedom, each human emotion is carried throughout the story. As a writer from the 1890’s, Chopin took a risk that not many women would for that time. With a woman who actually had an opinion, Chopin’s work brings a subtle, elusive outburst to the screen that will leave viewers with jaws dropped. As the character’s perception suggested happiness, the doctors continue to claim that what happened was only a “joy that kills.”
- Meridith Graham, Megan Hoehns, and Sydney Hayes