In the story Le Morte d'Arthur, why is Arthur considered heroic?

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Malory's Arthur is poignantly heroic. In Malory's shaping of the many stories of Arthur's adventures, we find a progression of character. Initially a young and eager king prone to conventional feats of military success, Arthur reflects his young kingdom and court. He draws the bravest knights to Camelot largely because of the opportunity he provides to use their strength for an idealized kingdom based on virtue. Rather than a more brutal view of government in which knights might feel more like mercenaries, Arthur exhorts them to bring law, order, and control to a wild land. His round table further speaks to an ideal of equal value among members in Arthur's kingdom.

Later adventures, particularly once Lancelot is included, are more psychological in quality, and both men in this love triangle reflect the internal as well as political divisions in the court. Lancelot and Guinevere, of course, love Arthur, as the most idealized and inspiring of kings. It is only right that they, who...

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