Dutchman. Amiri Baraka. CHARACTERS. CLAY, twenty‐year‐old Negro. LULA, thirty‐year‐old white woman. RIDERS OF COACH, white and black. The Dutchman and The Slave Community Note includes chapter-by-chapter summary and analysis, character list, theme by Imamu Amiri Baraka, LeRoi Jones. This one-page guide includes a plot summary and brief analysis of Dutchman by Amiri Baraka. Dutchman is a one-act play that revolves almost exclusively.

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I was embarrassed by Lula, who is everything a woman should not aspire to be.

Very much like your own. It’s treatment of the main female This play is a time capsule of the early sixties. Oh, goddamn it, Grace, are you so stupid? On the other hand, I appl I’ve read only Dutchman.

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Dutchman opened in New York City on March 24,to perhaps the most exc Centered squarely on the Negro-white conflict, both Dutchman and The Slave are literally shocking plays–in ideas, in language, in honest anger. What life could he have offered them under those circumstances? I’ve said before on Goodreads that Baraka’s rage against white society was understandable, but that rage often had a negative effect on his work. Negro Music in White America—to this day one of the most influential volumes of jazz criticism, especially in regard to the then beginning Free Jazz movement.

In another Amiri Baraka kills Hettie Jones and her academic husband in a domestic space in the future.

Your contribution may be further edited by our staff, and its publication is subject to our final approval. His first significant play, Dutchman ; filmwhich recounted an explosive confrontation on a train between a black intellectual and a white woman who murders him, won the Obie Award for best Off-Broadway American play. In Dutchman and The Slave, both plays published inAmiri Baraka he was still LeRoi Jones at the time presents two plays that explore a search for Black identity and consciousness and a question of sanity.


Retrieved from ” https: Clay represents Adam, or formed from earth, forced to endure and suffer in order to achieve true happiness. Please try again later. I would say that I wish I hadn’t, but that’s not quite right; at least I now know how awful they are. Protest Literature class, having read some of LeRoi Jones aka Baraka’s poetry which also is direct, aggressive, and opinionated. What Baraka then LeRoi Jones did was scare the pants off everybody.

She tries to seduce him and makes fun of him.

Feb 17, Bobby Bermea rated it it was amazing Shelves: Amidi appreciate thi Baraka formerly le roi jones sharply addresses black-white relations in this country through a semi-surreal encounter between a sultry white woman and pseudo-intellectual, black poet on a hot new york subway ride. Moreover, Lula also represents the white political class who teases African-Americans with promises of equality, and with false hope of desegregation.

It’s a stunning piece of work. I did not blame Clay for speaking aloud against Lula, what her world represents, and its false perceptions and views of African Americans in general. Even though Clay says it was not the case, that djtchman looked at her only because she was staring first, Lula still claims that it was the other way around. She derides his being black and passive.

Dutchman & The Slave

Thank you for your feedback. This is even evident in contemporary society with how cases are handled when whites massacre people of color but don’t get labeled terrorist or seen badly but people of color do. The anger was necessary to get to even this point of relative equality but here we are. I have a lot of black friends, so it was a little bit hard for me not to throw the book well, the photocopies xD The most humillating moment for Clay I think it’s when Lula says to him: However, he does not push his hope onto her and waits for Lula to make the offer first.

Dutchman is a little too difficult for my 10th graders to navigate and hard to dramatize but I am definitely advocating for The Slave to be on our reading list for the fall.


Rather it’s in the same historical theater tradition of pitting opposing views, opposing lives, on the stage and fighting the ideas, back and forth. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.

Baraka also served three years in the U. In the background explosions indicate a present or future war between blacks and whites. Dec 27, Lawrence rated it it was amazing Shelves: Lula represents white Americans and Clay, Afro-Americans who know they deserve equal rights. These two plays are timeless on the subject of race conflict.

Dutchman | play by Baraka |

Great stuff but pretty elusive. Lula is angered by Clay’s not falling for her manipulative tactics. In the closing scene, Lula—by now it’s clear that she’s an agent of the white power structure—proceeds to seek out her next victim. It depicts the desire to be known as equals, but also the betrayal felt by the African-American population of the United States of America following a,iri promises.

Even then, I imagine all the performance adds is that Baraka’s language and surrealism helps make the audience angry about racial tensions and, hence, in a frame of mind where they want to address race. Boldly radical and fiercely truthful! Unfortunately, our editorial approach may not be able to accommodate all contributions. When this play came out, a black president was science fiction, if not an out and out impossibility.

This moment in the play reminded me of the plantations. Dutchman and Eldridge Cleaver’s writings have got a lot in zmiri, I’d say. Although clay seems to fit in Lula’s stereotypical “negro” image, he presents a different attitude in the second stage.