“The year was 2081, and everybody was finally equal” (1). Through Kurt Vonnegut, Jr’s short story “Harrison Bergeron”, we discover what an era of total equality looks like. This story was later adapted to a short film titled 2081. After thorough analysis of both the text and the film, I believe that the film is the more effective medium to portray this story. Both stories follow Harrison Bergeron, a genius star athlete wanting to break the mold of ‘equality’. He escapes prison and displays on live television what great things we could achieve if we aren’t held back by restraints. Though the two different mediums have different rising actions, the climax and the conclusion are the same. The main difference between the two is that in the film, there is more background on Harrison. It creates a character for Harrison that is relatable, and we can connect with him whereas in the text, Harrison is portrayed as a “clanking, clonish and huge” (3). He storms around, and it seems as if he’s constantly yelling to get something. In the film, he is calmer and reasoning with the crowd which makes his character more believable. Not only is there more background information on Harrison, but there’s also more background on the setting in general. The film adopts a flashback flashforward device to create a more impactful plot. For example, in the scene where “the H-G men took George and Hazel Bergeron’s fourteen-year-old son, Harrison, away” the film creates suspended scenes and silence to display the trauma behind this action (1). The text on the other hand simply stated it in one sentence, giving less context. Finally, the film can use other senses to engage us to the show. While the text does a very good job of describing the action through words, the film is able use music to create a tone that is otherwise missed in the text. The text uses “in an explosion of joy and grace, into the air they sprang” for the scene where Harrison and the ballerina are free making it feel like the scene is loud and chaotic. In the film, they use silence to make it seem as if the last moments of Harrisons life was clean and free. Due to these reasons, I believe that Chandler Tuttle’s film 2081 is the more effect medium to display the story of Harrison Bergeron.