For example, Hope is named after a real person. When I was pregnant the summer before my freshman year of college I had to read a book called Alicia: My Story for an introductory college course. The story detailed the life of Alicia Appleman-Jurman, a Jewish girl who survived Nazi occupied Poland. Her entire family was killed in front of her, she starved, was imprisoned, but never gave up hope that there was a purpose for her life. She survived WWII and spent the post war years (she was 16 at the time) smuggling Jews to Israel and caring for war orphans. I had spent that summer before college feeling sorry for myself and wondering how I could accomplish the seemingly impossible task of raising a baby by myself. After reading Alicia's story, I had a renewed appreciation for life, hope, and courage. I picked the name Alicia Hope for my daughter and I pray that she will always be hardworking, courageous, and kind.
Atticus is a name that, hopefully, will inspire my son to be brave, kind, and just. At one point in the novel Atticus tells Scout:
"Courage is not a man with a gun in his hand. It's knowing you're licked before you begin but you begin anyway and you see it through no matter what. You rarely win, but sometimes you do."I want my Atticus to persevere in the face of adversity and do what is right despite opposition, roadblocks, or popular opinion.