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What if Curley is just a handsom, angry man? 
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Dear "Oklahoma!" Fans,

Most people probably think that Curley is a fine, honest, handsome good guy, but what if he's actually just a handsome, angry man whose only goal in life is to grind Jud Fry into the ground in front of the entire town?

What if he only wants Laurey in order to make Jud uber-jealous, and in order to gain control of her family, so that he can look all-powerful? What if he feigns true love for Laurey at the box social, just so that he can one-up Jud Fry in front of tons of other people?

Has Curley ever been portrayed as being such a shallow, greedy jerk that the musical reads like something of a Feminist commentary?

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The Duchess of Mint wrote:
Most people probably think that Curley is a fine, honest, handsome good guy, but what if he's actually just a handsome, angry man whose only goal in life is to grind Jud Fry into the ground in front of the entire town?



If his only goal in life was to grind Jud into a pulp, he would have done just that, and we would have no play. Besides, why would he want to hurt Jud? What has Jud done that would give him a vendetta?
In fact, Curley doesn’t even care about Jud until he notices that he's interested in Laurey.



The Duchess of Mint wrote:
Has Curley ever been portrayed as being such a shallow, greedy jerk that the musical reads like something of a Feminist commentary?


If anyone were to play Curley like that, then they would be largely missing the point of the character, because he is clearly painted as a sensitive, caring individual, and there is nothing in the script that could suggest otherwise. To play him as the exact opposite (a greedy, shallow jerk) would be wrong, because it goes against the author’s intent.



The Duchess of Mint wrote:
What if he only wants Laurey in order to make Jud uber-jealous, and in order to gain control of her family, so that he can look all-powerful? What if he feigns true love for Laurey at the box social, just so that he can one-up Jud Fry in front of tons of other people?



There is no evidence in the script whatsoever of Curley wanting to gain control of Laurie's family and look "all powerful". Curley's character shows no signs of being power hungry. It sounds like you're just imagining things.


Wed Apr 29, 2009 10:46 pm
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