2081 vs Harrison Burgeron

I believe that the film 2081 is a better medium than Kurt Vonnegut’s “Harrison Bergeron” in almost every way. I liked both the short story and the film, but the film has a better representation of characters/life in 2081 and a more meaningful ending. When the story describes Harrison, I found Harrison to be destructive, fearful and villainous towards the innocent people watching the ballet. Especially when the story states: “Ballerinas, technicians, musicians and announcers cowered on their knees before him, expecting to die.”(3) In the film, I get the sense that he is good-willed. When he proposes the bomb threat, I get the sense that he is a terrorist, but then when he uses the detonator to get the broadcast back on the air, I get the sense that he is just trying to make the messed up world a better place to live in. This brings me to my next point, I found the ending in 2081 more meaningful than the short story’s ending. In the short story, I didn’t know why Harrison broke into the ballet, or how that would make a difference in the world. When Diana Moon Glampers shot Harrison, I found the he ended up being an example for the good of the Handicapper General. In the film, I could clearly understand his plan to make Diana Moon Glampers look like a monster. I get the sense that he tries to ruin her reputation and change her public image from saving people and creating peace, to ruining something natural and beautiful. This is why I believe that the film’s Harrison and ending is more realistic and clearer than the short story’s Harrison and ending.

Introductory Eminent Post

“We’ll hold out until our last bullet is spent. We could do with that whiskey.”                             – Patrick Quinlan

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For this year’s eminent project, I have chosen Patrick Quinlan to study. In 1961, 157 Irish peacekeepers from the United Nations, including Patrick Quinlan, are sent to a small outpost in the African Congo named Jadotville. The Irish are convinced that they wouldn’t face any opposition, that their presence would be enough to keep the peace, but instead they are met with 3,000 African soldiers and hired mercenaries armed with mortars, mounted machine guns, automatic rifles and a jet outfitted with high-caliber guns and bombs. Patrick fights back with everything they have, but runs low on supplies and is forced to surrender after five days of multiple attacks from the enemy. All 157 soldiers survive and are sent back to Ireland after a month in an African prison. Instead of getting medals when they return, they are called cowards for surrendering, their story didn’t make it back as well as they did. Because of issues in politics at the UN, their true heroism is not revealed until 2005. Pat Quinlan passes away at the age of 78 in 1997. Patrick and his soldiers have never been in battle before Jadotville, but this didn’t stop them from proving their eminence. Ireland hadn’t been in battle since the first World War. Patrick showed the world that Ireland can still fight, that they aren’t cowards and will hold out their orders with pride. This is important because back in 1961, the Cold War was at its hight and countries needed to be strong if they wanted to be part of the future. Patrick’s eminence wasn’t recognized when he came home, he wasn’t recognized until 40 years after Jadotville. Now, over 50 years after Jadotville, he has a film dedicated to him. I believe he will still be considered eminent for a long time to come. He should be remembered on Remembrance Day, since he was ready to lay down his life for Ireland. Patrick was faced with many challenges at Jadotville, he was low on supplies, soldiers and support from the UN. He wanted to hold Jadotville as long as he was breathing, but he feared being responsible for his soldiers deaths. He overcame this by surrendering. He saved his soldiers and held Jadotville for 5 days on 2 days worth of supplies. Patrick deserves more recognition for what he has done, thats why I want to research him so I can educate others and spread the word of his well-deserved eminence. I believe that each of the 157 peacekeepers are eminent, but Patrick is why they were able to hold Jadotville, and survive. Patrick knew how to fight with what they had and when to surrender, not many people would’ve been able to fight that long, or surrender that late. We can take away the fact that determination can achieve greatness. Patrick’s determination to survive and carry out his orders are what made him able to hold Jadotville.

I’m drawn to Patrick’s tactical brilliance. He knew how to fight and more importantly, when to quit. Because he has never been in battle before, Patrick wasn’t able to learn from experiences when he was at Jadotville. Instead, he had to learn on the spot and make defensive maneuvers based on the facts at hand. If I’m doing something new to me, I tackle the task as Patrick did at Jadotville; I learn on the spot and make choices based on the information available. Patrick and I are loyal to our orders, determined to succeed and resourceful. Although I aspire to be as brave as Patrick. I haven’t been in a situation that tested my bravery, but if I am in one someday, I hope I will show bravery like Patrick. Patrick’s goal at Jadotville was to carry out his orders but also save his soldiers. This goal doesn’t relate directly to mine in TALONS, but I do want to look out for my classmates and make sure they get through TALONS just as Patrick looked out for his soldiers.


Rowan Patrick
Race Caucasian (Canadian) Caucasian (Irish)
Gender Male Male
Wealth Middle Class Middle Class
Time Early 2000s Early to Late 1900s

I don’t think these differences are going to be much of a problem in my speech. If I can’t practice an Irish accent well enough so I can present my speech without being racist, I won’t use any sort of accent during my speech. My next step is to research more about the attacks on Jadotville and grasp a better understanding on how Patrick was able to defend against the attacks.

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Link to the Netflix film: The Siege of Jadotville


How might we begin to “reject the single stor[ies]” in our lives?

I believe that we reject single stories, or views about the world because these stories/views go against our individual beliefs. If we have only one view about the world, and we are exposed to another view that contradicts our previous view, we are most likely going to reject the new view, because it’s different. I will always reject the idea of Nazism, because I was told time and time again, that Nazism is horrible. I have enough evidence that combines with my beliefs/morals about the world to not believe in Nazism. My morals will reject many single stories and other views if these other views contradict my beliefs. Also, if we haven’t been exposed to certain view, there is a low chance that we will believe the view, unless we experience it first hand. Like Chimamanda said about believing that all Mexican Americans are illegal immigrants. If she heard a single story back in Nigeria saying how these Mexicans aren’t all illegal, she would of probably not believe it. Would you believe that ghosts are real, or that Communism is good? Probably not, unless you already believe it or you experience these views first-hand.

Novel Study Part ⅓

I was impressed by Yorick’s actions when he showed mercy to his sister Hero. After Hero “Slaughtered an innocent girl” by shooting an arrow at Sonia(Yorick-Book 2/pg. 98). He decided to not kill Hero even though she killed someone he was emotionally close to. This showed a merciful or from the Amazon’s point of view, weak side to Yorick. This means that Yorick obviously cares for Sonia and wants her to be okay but also cares for Hero since she’s his sister, even though she “passed the point of no return”(Yorick-99). Yorick is facing an external and internal conflict. The external conflict is the Amazons invading Marrisville and killing Sonia.The internal conflict is Yorick facing the choice to either kill Hero and avenge Sonia or let Hero live because she’s his sister. Yorick’s actions hasn’t been all that realistic so far. He kisses Sonia even though he explains to her that he has a girlfriend, Beth, waiting for him in Australia. I don’t agree with Yorick kissing Sonia, I wish he refused and stayed loyal to his girlfriend, Beth. Yorick’s character development has been interesting, he bonded quickly with Sonia after they discovered enough about each other. I don’t believe Yorick is to be someone I look up to because he hasn’t shown too much bravery or selflessness for others, he has only been surviving up to this point. It’s hard to relate my life to Yorick’s right now but I do know how he feels about being so far away from his girlfriend, someone who he cares about. My sister went off to school in Victoria and I care about her, so I can feel how much Yorick misses Beth since I miss my sister. I’m not trying to get to Victoria to be with my sister since I know she will come and visit here and there but I am in contact with her, unlike Yorick. If I am ever in the same situation as Yorick, with no way of contacting my loved one, I would definitely try to get to them and make sure they’re okay. I don’t think I would be able to rest without knowing that my loved one is safe and not in danger.