Hope, n., 1. A feeling that what is wanted will happen;
desire accompanied by expectation,
2. A preferred outcome anticipated from an array of possibilities,
without absolute control.
"Everyman's" purpose in life is to overcome adversities that life
presents, from birth to the moment of death. With perseverance,
most are resolved successfully, while some are not. No matter what
the outcome of each problem,
can count on an endless supply of challenges to his well-being and
even his very existence.
Such situations would rapidly deplete life's
joy if it weren't
for one special characteristic "everyman"
possesses . . . . Hope. Hope is the mortar that holds
"everyman's" life together as each adversity is overcome and he goes on
to face the next.
A sunrise/sunset is the perfect metaphor to symbolize hope. It
"everyman's" continually changing and sometimes conflicting goals. When
first viewing the painting, the phrase
the end of the tunnel"
naturally comes to mind. And it reminds the viewer that keeping one's
attention on the desired goal is necessary for successfully
resolving any problem. But other aspects of the painting are just
as important. Bright colors are used to symbolize distractions that
from achieving the goal. The uneven, indistinct path and many
darker areas serve as a reminder of the obstacles and unknown
pitfalls that can arise to dash all hope on the rocks of adversity
is determined and perseveres.