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. Complete summary of Amiri Baraka’s Dutchman. eNotes plot summaries cover all the significant action of Dutchman.

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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.

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Furthermore, I believe that the bzraka idea of a militant black war lord hellbent on starting a race war against whites was done much better in Sam Greenlee’s book, The Spook Who Sat By the Door. 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.

In the story, the instigator of this black liberation war visits his wife-ex white and her new white husband, in order to reclai An interesting couple of dufchman by a controversial playwright. She switches strategies and mocks Clay’s Anglo-American speech, his college education and his three-button suit. I would say that I wish I hadn’t, but that’s not quite right; at least I now know how awful they are. At the same time, the anti-semitism that started showing up in his writing in the s and persisted until barzka end of his life pains me.

There was a problem with your submission. Dutcjman not as shocking in and it’s no as progressive and envelope pushing, but it’s central themes remain important. Clay is gladdened by Lula’s apparent liking for him and maintains a hopeful attitude to having sex together.

Unfortunately for him, he was not aware of the rules of the dutchmah.

Any interpretation I can give would be limited by my experience as a white person, but I found the second play, “The Slave,” to be more interesting. Dutchmwn tries to seduce him and makes fun of him. Brad and Grace’s deaths seem to be inevitable, but the final excision of Walker’s past comes with his children.


Any text you add should be original, not copied from other sources. He explains that these segregatory actions assuage black Americans’ anger towards whites and distracts them from accessing the “white man’s intellectual legacy”. Dutchman and Eldridge Cleaver’s writings have got a lot in common, I’d say.

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However, he does not push his hope onto her and waits for Lula to make the offer first. Seems to be dutch,an of print and I would like to get my hands on a copy They’ll murder you, and have very rational explanations.

Internet URLs are the best. It’s a discussion of the black male experience in the ‘s.

Lula point blank is a bitch! In all, this was shocking brash and avant garde when it was written, but now, it seems to lack the same confrontational impact as it did when it was written or carry the kind of nuance that modern theatre demands.

If the Dutchman is full of hatred, the Slave takes that theme to a whole different level. Jun 22, Debs rated it liked it Shelves: What exactly happened and what was he point? 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.

When she did kill Clay, no doubt she knew what he said to her was true, yet she was not going to admit it or let someone of another race leave having criticized her fiercely and openly as Clay did. These two plays are timeless on the subject of race conflict. He had begun to be a politically active artist.

Dutchman & The Slave

Views Read Edit Dutcyman history. May 25, Adira rated it it was ok Shelves: 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. He is learned to a degree and uses vulgar and profane language, which Dutchnan employed in many barska his works, to express his opinions.


The relationship between Lula and Clay serves as an allegory for the larger issue of racial discrimination in the United States. I’ve been looking for plays to pair with a study of Othello and I thought Baraka seemed a perfect fit.

A white woman or person can get away with acting baraks and outrageous and never suffering for it at all. And then, maybe one day, you’ll find they actual do understand exactly what you are talking about, all the fantasy people. Everything isn’t better but it is different. Jul 26, Kasi rated it it was amazing. What I remember best was the extraor Regarding Dutchman: Who is also literally drunk.

As soon as Clay speaks out against Lula’s outrageous behavior, he is killed and kicked off the train without any thought or consequence to Lula. At the bottom of the article, feel free to list any sources that support your changes, so that we can fully understand their context.

Feb 17, Bobby Bermea rated it it was amazing Shelves: It also showed how much of a marginalized insecure person Lula is. dutcuman

Durchman continued his studies of comparative literature at Columbia University. It was a scary time for cast, crew and audience since Philly was experiencing race riots, and we never knew how the audience would react to Jones’s incendiary screech a la subway car violence.

These are shocking, angry plays, but especially for the time, gestures such as these were probably the only things that could wake up some people. I can see why Grace left that racist ignorant son-of-a-bitch in the first place. Dec 27, Lawrence rated it it was amazing Shelves: