Dutchman: Dutchman, one-act drama by Amiri Baraka, produced and published in under the playwright’s original name LeRoi Jones. Dutchman presents. Complete summary of Amiri Baraka’s Dutchman. eNotes plot summaries cover all the significant action of Dutchman. 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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Feb 28, J rated it it was amazing. I pictured Jones speaking this as his character of Clay likely would.

The sexism in Baraka’s work can not, should not and will not be ignored in the days, months and years to come. However, Dutchman is an important play that I feel still holds up today as an important piece of american racial discourse being explored through an artistic medium. In the late s and early s, Baraka courted controversy by penning some strongly anti-Jewish poems and articles, similar to the stance at that time of the Nation of Islam.

She switches strategies and mocks Clay’s Anglo-American speech, his college education and his three-button suit. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. There was a problem with your submission. 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. Unfortunately, our editorial approach may not be able to accommodate all contributions.

Mar 18, Marc Kohlman rated it liked it. I could definitely see Jones instilled much of his anger, criticism, and rebellious nature into Vessels character. 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. Lists with This Book. What Baraka then LeRoi Jones did was scare the pants off everybody. On the other hand, I applaud L.

Set in a New York City subway car, the play involves Clay, a young, middle-class black man who is approached seductively by Lula, a white fellow passenger.


Dutchman & The Slave

He is learned to a degree and uses vulgar and profane language, which Jones employed in many of his works, to express his opinions. 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.

This play is told in symbols. Jul 30, Amy rated it really liked it.

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It is not certain that Clay was already a furious, full of hatred type man, or Lula forces him to burst into a crisis, but it is obvious that Amiri Baraka ditchman that racist hatred and prejudiced Dutchman shows the tense relationship between white and black society.

He is louder and Lula does not accept that he takes control of the conversation. At the time, he was in the process of divorcing his Jewish wife, Hettie Jonesand embracing Black Nationalism. When Lula starts to tease Clay, he believes her attraction is genuine and falls right into her trap. Why is Lula such a tease?

No amkri work of art ever has had the effect on me that this play had. Furthermore, I believe that the whole 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. The play, which won an Obie Award.

For a shorter play it is really intense and there will be a lot for students to work through. Dytchman is a rebel because he refused to be hindered and criticized by a person who had absolutely no idea what she was talking about and was very much right in what he said without sugar coating anything.

Dutchman & The Slave by Amiri Baraka

While these plays are explosive today, just howling off the page, it’s impossible if you weren’t there to imagine their effect at the time. Amrii this point, it is unclear whether Clay is really going to a party, but he tells her he really is.

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In the Dutchman, we witness a subway ride with Clay, a earlys middle class black man, and Lula, a closer to 30, provocative white woman.

His interest in jazz began in this period. The pay off is worth it though. Oh, goddamn it, Grace, are you so stupid?

This is even evident in contemporary society with how cases are handled when whites massacre people of color but dutchmaj get labeled terrorist or seen badly but people of color do. 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. He shook people loose of their complacency. That there might be anger–even rage– at years of mistreatment underlying Black consciousness was a concept that was anathema to white America and frankly, to a large portion of black America too.

Mar 25, Markdine rated it liked it. Mar 13, Rejjia Camphor rated it it was amazing. Lula sits down next to Clay. Dutchman presents a stylized encounter that illustrates hatred between blacks and whites in America as well as the political and psychological conflicts facing black American men in the s. Books and Writers kirjasto. I 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 dutchmwn pseudo-intellectual, black poet on a hot new york subway ride.

This play is nothing but a poor description of racism and murder. But it’s individuals who are dying. We don’t know if these are real or conveniently made-up by Lula.