What tasks does Arthur perform that make him an heroic figure?

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There are many different feats attributed to King Arthur that lead him to be characterized as an heroic figure. First, his claiming of the sword Excalibur is typical of a symbolic object conferring identity and legitimacy on a hero. In the earlier works in the Arthurian tradition, he was a great warrior, although he is treated as less of one in later works and chivalric romances.  His establishment of the Round Table and acts in unifying Britain suggest great influence and statesmanship, also features of heroic figures who are often seen as wise in counsel as well as strong in deeds. Finally, he was seen as bringing standards of chivalry and a civilizing influence to his country.


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