In Rockwell’s painting, the focal point is a man who is speaking up in a town hall meeting. This man has tan skin and he is wearing a blue shirt, which makes me think that he is supposed to represent a blue-collar worker. Everyone else in the room is white and middle-aged or older. All other men are wearing white collared shirts and ties, which makes them appear to be white-collar workers. Most of the men look concerned or uneasy, but none of them have their mouths open or look like they are trying to interrupt him. This shows how the man’s freedom of speech is being respected even though he appears to be lower class than the other men and they obviously have some reservations about his opinions.
I also took note of the only woman in the painting that was hidden behind some of the men and almost blends in. It is important to note that this painting first appeared in the Saturday Evening Post in 1943 because it was created during WWII, when there was a lot going on in the world. This was also a time of change in the US and even though woman had been granted the right to vote in 1920, there was still a long way for society to go in terms of treating woman more equally.
It is also important to know that this painting is part of a series that Rockwell painted about freedoms. Rockwell himself is an American icon because his paintings are extremely famous and are synonymous with the Saturday Evening Post. Rockwell is known for his symbolic and deep imagery of small town American life. His paintings were accessible and understandable to people all across America.