Kurt Vonnegut’s short story, Harrison Bergeron, portrays an interesting future, in which “everybody [is] finally equal” (1). This same story is portrayed in the film, 2081. I believe that the book portrays the story in a better way than the film. A crucial part of this future society are the handicaps; weights, masks, and mental limiters designed to impede the best, brightest, and most beautiful in society. In the book, these are very powerful impediments that have a large effect on anyone who is forced to wear one. The weights make anyone wearing them constantly exhausted, the masks are hideous enough to quench any beauty that could be behind them, and the ear radio produces sounds so loud that all thoughts are interrupted. In the film, however, these handicaps seem much less powerful. The weights do not seem to affect the movements of the characters, the masks all look the same, and the loud sounds do not interrupt conversations. Harrison Bergeron’s efforts to end the reign of the Handicapper are incredible in the book, but less so in the film. In the book, a fourteen year old with an unprecedented number of handicaps says, “I am the Emperor! Everybody must do what I say at once!” (4). He chooses an empress and they show their love for each other before the handicapper general cruelly murders them. The film, on the other hand, depicts a twenty year old fugitive who threatens to blow up a theatre with a bomb. Hundreds of government officials guard around the building before The Handicapper General executes Harrison and his empress on live tv. The book depicts a fourteen year old trying to take over the government, whereas the film depicts a twenty year old threatening to bomb a theatre while exposing the government. The book is heroic, while the film is dark and threatening. The book shows the heroic power of a one-man revolution in a strange society, while the film shows a similar, but weaker, version of the same society.