Blog Response #3: Allusions matter
The film “2081” is a better narrative in conveying “Harrison Bergeron” due to its ability to include many visual or auditory allusions that are not described in the text. In the movie, Harrison was depicted with long hair, a cross- like handicap, and white clothes. This could be alluding the Jesus Christ, perhaps hinting that Harrison is the “Savior” of the suppressed society. The text, on the other hand, provided very limited descriptions regarding Harrison’s physical appearance other than his handicaps and abnormal height. The director of the film ensured that the graphic freedom given by movies is used to the fullest potential. Another reinforcement of Vonnegut’s message, present only in “2081”, is the use of sound. The sound effects enhance the believability of the narrative while the music dramatizes the atmosphere and further alludes to Kurt’s theme. As discussed in class, the song Hazel was humming is the same song that was playing on the television, which induces us to infer that Hazel does, in fact, possess the ability to remember; it made us wonder whether she really forgot about Harrison or is simply accepting her son’s defeat. Although the original short story by Kurt Vonnegurt Jr. is a clever satirical aggravation towards the notion of equality, such meticulous details cannot be included in words without appearing too obvious and bland. In contrast, “2081” prove to be a more impactful medium in conveying the story of “Harrison Bergeron” due to the indirect reference designs, compared to the stoicism of Kurt Vonnegut’s text.