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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He shook people loose of their complacency. Mar 25, Markdine rated it liked it. And the only reason it received as much as 2 stars is because it was mildly interesting. While the play is violent and disturbing, the content is an excellent barakx for discussion about race and gender.

This play is nothing but a poor description of racism and murder. I could definitely see Jones instilled much of his anger, criticism, and rebellious nature into Vessels character.

Dutchman & The Slave

His homophobic views toward Bradford Easley shows how America in the 20th century had unsavory views concerning not only race but sex. He slaps her twice and tells her to leave him alone. There are far better books exploring the rage and anger underpinning racial consciousness see Richard Wright, Ann Petry, Ralph Ellison, Fanon, etc.

She tells Clay to invite her out to the party he is going to.

I was glad to a minimum extent he did not get Elizabeth and Catherine in the end. The second play “The Slave” left me shocked, angry, and broken in a few ways. Walker, unable to completely sever his ties with his past, finds himself in the home of his white ex-wife, Grace, and her new white husband, Brad Easley.

Dutchman & The Slave by Amiri Baraka

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.

Although clay seems to fit in Lula’s stereotypical “negro” image, he presents a different attitude in the second stage. So The Slave is a science fiction play that takes place in the middle of the race war everyone in the 70s was afraid would barakx.


In both plays, we have portrayals of “blacks acting white” and “whites acting black” or at least white liberals pretending to be down ; each group ultimately is forced to confront the discourses that established “whiteness” and “blackness” in the first place, and in the end they rely heavily on those binaries instead of dissolving them. Discover some of the most interesting and trending topics of Seems to be out of print and I would like to get my hands on a copy Sep 26, Camille rated it liked it.

His revolutionary and now antisemitic poetry became controversial. To see what ducthman friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Dutchman | play by Baraka |

Books and Writers kirjasto. Dutchman may seem violent and rude, but it truly unveils the sad, unjust, undeserved prejudices towards African-Americans. 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: The relationship between Lula and Clay serves as an allegory for the larger issue of racial discrimination in the United States.

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. He explains that these segregatory actions assuage black Americans’ anger towards whites and distracts them from accessing the “white man’s intellectual legacy”.

However, Dutchman is an important play that I feel still duttchman up today as an important piece of american racial discourse being explored through dutchhman artistic medium. Dec 18, Daniel rated it liked it Shelves: I don’t need a play to get me to this point. Lula is glad that Clay is so easy to manipulate and puts her hand on his leg. Med dette bragt til en side skribler Lula et eller andet i sin notesbog, idet en anden sort mand entrer togvognen.

But the message Baraka is screaming through this play is loud, clear and important. What do you think was going through my mind everytime you were at some rally or meeting whose sole purpose was to bring about the destruction of white people? Review of The Slave Once more, I feel as if this play would be very powerful if I saw it performed live, but just reading it leaves a lot to be desired. At the same time, the anti-semitism that started showing up in his writing in the s and persisted until the end of his life pains me.


Please note that our editors may make some formatting changes or correct spelling or grammatical errors, and may also contact you if any clarifications are needed. He attempted to take back by sheer force of language what the dominant cultural paradigm had taken from his people. It’s about Christianity and how the good God Fearing Christians were drowning themselves in sin by the form of hurtful stereotype and prejudice. Readers must understand the role Amiri Baraka played in the Black Arts Movement in order to truly understand the racial stereotypes, religious discontent, social struggle and equality that African-Americans had to or have to endure.

Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. May 25, Adira rated it it was ok Shelves: It’s treatment of the main female character can feel stilted and one dimensional at times. 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.

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. The play, which won an Obie Award.