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20th Jan '18 2:27:53 PM nombretomado
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* A touchy subject for Todd in ''ChaosWalking''. He never learned to read beyond a few words, and he can't even read his own mothers journal. Leads to a heartwarming moment wherein Viola reads out her journal for him.

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* A touchy subject for Todd in ''ChaosWalking''.''Literature/ChaosWalking''. He never learned to read beyond a few words, and he can't even read his own mothers journal. Leads to a heartwarming moment wherein Viola reads out her journal for him.
20th Jan '18 10:16:26 AM Malady
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Stories set in or around the GrandUnifiedTimeline/FirstIndustrialRevolution (or similar time periods where universal education is a recent invention) may have the character in question quit school at a young age in order to support his family, or due to some other bit of the harshness of life. These {{Tragic Dropout}}s simply do not have the time to learn how to read, having never had the security of life to allow for an education. By the time they do become secure enough in their livelihood to take the time, they are simply too ashamed to admit it and usually get by with only a very basic literacy, or (if they're old enough) claiming that their eyes aren't what they used to be.

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Stories set in or around the GrandUnifiedTimeline/FirstIndustrialRevolution UsefulNotes/IndustrialRevolution (or similar time periods where universal education is a recent invention) may have the character in question quit school at a young age in order to support his family, or due to some other bit of the harshness of life. These {{Tragic Dropout}}s simply do not have the time to learn how to read, having never had the security of life to allow for an education. By the time they do become secure enough in their livelihood to take the time, they are simply too ashamed to admit it and usually get by with only a very basic literacy, or (if they're old enough) claiming that their eyes aren't what they used to be.
13th Jan '18 5:30:39 PM Divra
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* None of the Norsemen in ''Series/{{Vikings}}'' know how to read or write, which is TruthInTelevision since RealLife Vikings were illiterate and unable to record their own history, especially in the earlier years of paganism. The only main character who can do either is Athelstan, but he's also a very well-educated [[UsefulNotes/AngloSaxons Anglo-Saxon]] monk from Christian England, not pagan Scandinavia like the Vikings.

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* None of the Norsemen in ''Series/{{Vikings}}'' know how to read or write, which is TruthInTelevision since RealLife write. [[note]] In Real Life, literacy was reasonably common among the Norse upper crust, but Norse culture, like Celtic and Ancient Greek, put a much larger emphasis on the spoken word than the written one. And, of course, the Vikings were illiterate and unable to record their own history, especially wrote in the earlier years of paganism. runic script, rather than Roman letters [[/note]] The only main character who can do either is Athelstan, but he's also a very well-educated [[UsefulNotes/AngloSaxons Anglo-Saxon]] monk from Christian England, not pagan Scandinavia like the Vikings.England.
13th Jan '18 5:30:44 AM NekoTroper
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* Yuuri from ''Manga/GirlsLastTour'' never learnt how to read even phonetic Japanese, whereas Chito can both read and write it, but can't read kanji. Living in the [[AfterTheEnd post-apocalypse]] makes this rather excusable.
9th Jan '18 9:30:23 PM somestrangecircus
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** Inverted for Arya Stark when she serves as Tywin Lannister's cupbearer during the second season. She's had a highborn daughter's education and thus can read very well, but this makes her stick out since she's trying to pose as a lowborn peasant and thus probably ''shouldn't'' know how to read.
6th Jan '18 4:06:06 PM nombretomado
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Stories set in or around the IndustrialRevolution (or similar time periods where universal education is a recent invention) may have the character in question quit school at a young age in order to support his family, or due to some other bit of the harshness of life. These {{Tragic Dropout}}s simply do not have the time to learn how to read, having never had the security of life to allow for an education. By the time they do become secure enough in their livelihood to take the time, they are simply too ashamed to admit it and usually get by with only a very basic literacy, or (if they're old enough) claiming that their eyes aren't what they used to be.

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Stories set in or around the IndustrialRevolution GrandUnifiedTimeline/FirstIndustrialRevolution (or similar time periods where universal education is a recent invention) may have the character in question quit school at a young age in order to support his family, or due to some other bit of the harshness of life. These {{Tragic Dropout}}s simply do not have the time to learn how to read, having never had the security of life to allow for an education. By the time they do become secure enough in their livelihood to take the time, they are simply too ashamed to admit it and usually get by with only a very basic literacy, or (if they're old enough) claiming that their eyes aren't what they used to be.
5th Jan '18 2:44:29 PM Zaptech
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* ''Literature/TheStormlightArchive'': Part of the Vorin religion's strict gender roles mean that men are not allowed read. The only exception is if they become ardents (sort of priest-slaves), who legally have no gender and are supposed to learn all skills so they can provide aid to both men and women. It's not uncommon for Vorin men who have an interest in math or scholarship to join the ardentia. Furthermore, there are stylized glyphs which are practically a language in their own right, but since they are designed to be recognizable even by someone who was never seen them before, everyone insists it's not the same, and men are allowed to read them. Most men still don't learn them, though.

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* ''Literature/TheStormlightArchive'': Part of the Vorin religion's strict gender roles mean that men are not allowed read. The only exception is if they become ardents (sort of priest-slaves), who legally have no gender and are supposed to learn all skills so they can provide aid to both men and women. It's not uncommon for Vorin men who have an interest in math or scholarship to join the ardentia. Furthermore, there are stylized glyphs which are practically a language in their own right, but since they are designed to be recognizable even by someone who was never seen them before, everyone insists it's not the same, and men are allowed to read them. Most men still don't learn them, though. Late in the second book, ''Words of Radiance'', it's discovered that Lord Amaram managed to find a LoopholeAbuse around this by arranging glyphs into a complex series of ideas, creating what was essentially a full language that at first looks like gibberish to those who are used to just seeing glyphs by themselves.
4th Jan '18 7:06:34 PM jormis29
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* This is PlayedForLaughs in ''Film/BeautyAndTheBeast''. It's noted that many extras can't read, as was common during the time period. The end of "Gaston" contains this gem:

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* This is PlayedForLaughs in ''Film/BeautyAndTheBeast''.''Film/BeautyAndTheBeast2017''. It's noted that many extras can't read, as was common during the time period. The end of "Gaston" contains this gem:
2nd Jan '18 10:41:17 AM KidDynamite
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* Country singer Paul Overstreet once recorded a song called "Johnny Can't Read," a song that championed literacy programs.

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* Country singer Paul Overstreet once [[Music/TheEagles Don Henley]] recorded a song on his first solo album called "Johnny Can't Read," a song that championed literacy programs.
29th Dec '17 11:08:49 AM gb00393
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* ''Series/GameOfThrones'': Davos, due to his humble origins. Davos's wife and son tried to teach him in the past, but it's suggested he was wary of that because they were trying to convert him through holy books. Shireen decides to teach him and he finally learns.

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Davos, due to his humble origins. Davos's wife and son tried to teach him in the past, but it's suggested he was wary of that because they were trying to convert him through holy books. Shireen decides to teach him and he finally learns.learns.
** Amory Lorch sent a letter regarding the Lannister plans to the wrong House, a House that is loyal to the Starks.
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