Harry Chapin's Flowers are Red: The Song's Message of Influence

Topics: Harry Chapin, Legends of the Lost and Found, Flowers Are Red Pages: 2 (740 words) Published: October 30, 2012
In society today, “influence” is a major factor whether it’s what’s in style, religion, politics, beliefs or any other thing that two people might disagree on. When one person believes one thing and the next believes opposite, almost instinctively that person will attempt to influence the other that his belief on the situation is right. I call this instinct because in most cases when someone is told something that may seem different to them, or is a different way of doing something than what they know of, they instantly react, whether they retort to what that person is saying or whether they are polite and keep it to themselves, one way or another if someone tells a man something different than what he believe, he is going to have an immediate or “instinctual” reaction. For example In the song “Flowers are Red” by Harry Chapin, a little boy came into class and the first thing he did was start to draw flowers, when the teacher sees what the little boy is doing she has the immediate instinct to correct what the boy is doing, trying to convert what his idea of a flower is to hers. Throughout the song the teacher repeated the line, “Flowers are red young man, / Green leaves are green, / There’s no need to see flowers any other way, / Than the way they always have been seen.” (Chapin : 13-17) This line shows that the teacher is very set in her ways, and that she does not like people being creative, things must be portrayed the way they are in reality, “The way they always have been seen.” Though after every time the teacher repeated that line, the boy would retort with, “There are so many colors in the rainbow, / So many colors in the morning sun, / So many colors in the flower and I see every one.” The boy refuses to believe that flowers must be red and green. The boy sees flowers as bright and colourful and that’s the way he should draw them. After the back and forth argument the teacher gets fed up and decides...
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