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Every society has its heroes, individuals who made a positive and significant contribution to society. There are also mavericks who lived unconventional lives against the trends of society who tested and strengthened or changed society. Chosŏn Korea is no exception. Virtuous and loyal leaders of the Chosŏn Kingdom played prominent roles in shaping Korean culture. Artists spread ideas and values through works of art and the examples of their own lives. Scholar-officials, military leaders, and women also contributed to the Confucian culture scene and societal evolution.