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Korean Alphabet

 

The ability to read and write gives agency to the people. However, the lower the socioeconomic status, the less time is available for activities other than work. The propaganda that has made its way through the Korean people in about the new alphabet must be disposed of, and it must be made clear that this new alphabet provides new opportunities and new promise.

The ability to read and write gives agency to the people. However, the lower the socioeconomic status, the less time is available for activities other than work. The propaganda that has made its way through the Korean people in Tree With Deep Roots about the new alphabet must be disposed of, and it must be made clear that this new alphabet provides new opportunities and new promise.

Prior to the creation of the new Korean alphabet, the thousands of characters not only presented numerous obstacles for those learning them, but also limited the audience for its use. As expressed in episode 15, farmers do not have the time to waste hours learning how to read and write. However, this belief that the new alphabet will be similar to its predecessors is misguided, as made clear by the Prince. The King has a vision to create an alphabet that will unite the people and build the nation as a whole. The honest nature of the letters to the sound made by the mouth and throat is meant to encourage its usage.

With the attempted rise of the scholars into power, the manipulation of social status is key. The power of the scholars comes from their ability to read and write; their exposure to the written world gives them agency. However, if the lower classes of people were capable of reading and writing, as made possible by this new alphabet, the power might be equalized. It is for this reason that the implementation of the alphabet poses a threat to the scholars. Intelligence is power, and the power of the scholars stems directly from their ability to spend time learning, a luxury not afforded to the lower classes.

In summation, the implementation of the new alphabet will readjust the power in the nation and does indeed pose a threat to the plan  of the scholars to rise to power. The ability to express oneself through the written word and thusly converse on a wider platform is arguably one of the most important tools in gaining agency as both an individual and as a nation.

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