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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Dutchman (film)

Your contribution may be further edited by our staff, and its publication is subject to our final approval. His interest in jazz began in this period. In another Amiri Baraka kills Hettie Jones and her academic husband in a domestic space in the future. I was crying out dytchman three hundred years of oppression; not against individuals. Lists with This Book.

Jun 16, Joe added it Shelves: Walker is the leader of a violent radical black liberation movement whose ultimate goal seems to be to kill all white people. Even though Walker is a murderer, he is still clearly a victim in this play, since the need djtchman violent racial war could only arise out of decades of oppression without relief.

Lula guesses that Clay tried to get his own sister to have sex with him when he was Striking parallels and reversals reaffirm the sense that these two plays are meant to go hand in hand. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. The play was written by Leroi Jones before he changed his name to Amiri Baraka and does quite a bit to explain why Baraka’s writing is, at least for a while, much less complex and nuanced than Jones’s.


He attempted to take back by sheer force of language what the dominant cultural paradigm had taken from his people. In the not too distant future, the battlefields of the various civil rights struggles will not look the same, nor the weapons used.

Dutchman & The Slave by Amiri Baraka

What I remember best was the extraor Regarding Dutchman: The same baeaka, he moved to Greenwich Village working initially in a warehouse for music records. Any interpretation I can give would be limited by my barxka as a white person, but I found the second play, “The Slave,” to be more interesting. They illuminate as with a flash of lightning a deadly serious problem–and they bring an eloquent and exceptionally powerful voice varaka the American theatre.

Dutchman may be described as a political allegory depicting black and white relations during the time Baraka wrote it. And yet, here it was, on stage no less, with all of its symbolic and actual power. Baraka continued his studies of comparative literature at Columbia University.

These two plays are timeless on the subject of race conflict.

I’m in the minority here, I know, but I thought that these plays were painfully bad. It is also symbolic of integrationist and assimilationist ideologies within dhtchman contemporary Civil Rights Movement. Retrieved from ” https: Quintessential moment in the transition from the early to the mid-late Sixties, particularly the public emergence of Black Power. Their discussion and the way they treat each other through the play reveals an African-American perspective of the conflict.


He won a scholarship to Rutgers University dytchmanbut a continuing sense of cultural dislocation prompted him to transfer in to Howard University. Negro Music in White America—to this day one of the most influential volumes of jazz criticism, especially in regard to the then bbaraka Free Jazz movement. Brad and Grace’s deaths seem to be inevitable, but the final excision of Walker’s past comes with his children.

When Lula killed him, that moment was a shock to me and really made him a martyr in a sense that he died upholding his self-respect and principles.

Lord Byron, British Romantic poet and satirist whose poetry and personality captured the imagination…. Lula sits down next to Clay.

It’s treatment of the main female This play is a time capsule of the early sixties.

What life could he have offered them under those circumstances? The ending of Dutchman is laughable – it reminds me of something a moderately gifted student in a high school creative writing course would come up with.

The other passengers in the car are emotionless, the baarka and car going on are designated to illustrate inward thoughts or the streaming consciousness of Clay.

He defends himself against the latter two’s accusations of racism and murder in the name of Black liberation, but their ideologies are beyond reconciliation.

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