Function Order: Se-Ti-Fe-Ni
Curly cares a great deal about living in the moment. He comes into the story singing about what a beautiful morning it is, and making all kinds of observations about the sky, the birds, the prairie, etc. When he tries to woo Laurey, he sings to her about what a nice little coach he hired to take her to the party in, describing the fringe on top, the beautiful wheels, and the gorgeous white horses. Though he makes her think he invented it all in his head just to get her goat after she turns him down, Curly actually did hire it for the evening; and so it doesn’t go to waste, takes her aunt to the party instead. Still assuming he can convince Laurey to change her mind and jilt Jud, he appeals to her and even ties to warn off Jud, by going into his cabin and talking to him. He winds up noticing a noose hanging from the ceiling and, morbidly, talking to his rival about his own funeral, since he sees that as a way to leverage the situation. He’s quick with his fists and to leap into action, but also a bit unscrupulous, quarrelsome, and able to share his feelings. He talks at length about how he wants Laurey, and how annoyed he is that she turned him down, and discusses this with her aunt. He also goes out of his way to annoy Laurey once she insults him by intimating that she considers him to be a “nobody.” He scoffs at the notion that Jud is dangerous at first, and deeply underestimates him and his desire for revenge.
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Curly has a wildly optimistic outlook about life, and rides into the story looking on the bright side of everything. Even when Laurey acts like she doesn’t like him, he still is convinced he can win her over, change her mind, get her out of going with somebody else to the dance, and talk his rival into releasing her, even though his expectations aren’t altogether realistic. He went all out to impress her, and then remains cheerful and good-natured throughout his interactions with other people, including flirting with Aunt Eller and bantering with his friends. Curly isn’t afraid of Jud and outright challenges him in a roundabout way, when he sings about Jud’s funeral and tries to convince him what a nice occasion it might be. He also shows aggression whenever Laurey challenges him, escalating arguments instead of decreasing them, and going out of his way to provoke a reaction out of her.