การชิงนาง: พันธกิจในการผจญภัยของวีรบุรุษในวรรณคดีแบบฉบับของไทย (The Compete for the Lovers: the Mission in the Heroes’ Adventure in Thai Classical Literatures)
Keywords:Thai classical literatures, the compete for the lovers, the heroes’ adventure
The objective of this academic article is to analyze the cause and the strategy of the compete for lovers in sixteen stories of the Thai classical literatures from the Ayudhaya period to the early Rattanakosin period consisting of 2 stories in Ayudhaya period, 2 stories in Thonburi period and 12 stories in Rattanakosin period . There are four underlying reasons for that which are the love and the desire to possess for ladies, the love of their dignity, a must to show their power and following orders of others. There are two means to win their ladies, one with their physical strength and the other with their intelligence. The event takes place during the adventures of the male protagonists. The outstanding physical and intellectual potential of the male protagonists that successfully conquered ladies has resulted in the male protagonists being regarded as heroes. Winning ladies is a mission that goes hand in hand with the adventures of the male protagonists in every era. It also inserts ideas about upholding morality. This makes classical literatures popular until now.