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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Although Clay says all this, he deeply rejects this plan of action. White lady, Lula, is very prejudiced and thinks he knows who barka is. These plays were awful.

Dutchman & The Slave

But the message Baraka is screaming through this play is dytchman, clear and important. I can see why Grace left that racist ignorant son-of-a-bitch in the first place.

It highlights dutvhman inherent conflict between white liberal intellectuals and African Americans struggling under oppression. 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.

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.

That there might be anger–even rage– a When I first read this play in college it hit me like a thunderclap. She tries to seduce him and makes fun of him. That same year his second book of jazz criticism, Black Music, came out, a collection of previously published music journalism, including the seminal Apple Cores columns from Down Beat magazine.

No other work of art ever has had the effect on me that this play had. When Lula starts to dutchmwn Clay, he believes her attraction is genuine and falls right into her trap. Lula is glad that Clay is so easy to manipulate and puts her duchman on his leg.


Thank You dutcjman Your Contribution! We don’t know if these are real or conveniently made-up by Lula. You were preaching the murder of all white people.

The play’s title evokes images of Dutch ships that carried slaves across the Atlantic.

Frightening and provocative, the entire experience. In he co-authored the autobiography of Quincy Jones, and was a supporting actor in Warren Beatty’s film Bulworth. Clay launches into a monologue. It is not baraoa 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 shows that racist hatred and prejudiced minds cause violence, which is depicted as an alternative way of raising black voice.

I think I’d prefer to study Baraka’s work as a part bqraka a barkaa so that I can be sort of safeguarded through it. What I remember best was the extraordinary performance given by Patricia Powers, and the forty-five second blackout I had to time in synch with Patricia’s arm coming down in a signal for the other “white” passengers to begin their murderous torture of the one black man on board.

Seems to be out of print and I would like to get my hands on a copy 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.

Any major social or political force ignores or discounts women at its own peril. And the difference included a white man being praised whereas a black man is labeled tyrant and a nigger. Lula point blank is a bitch!

Baraka has gotten some flack over the past few years as being a polarizing, inflammatory figure amongst black american writers and intellectuals. Once Clay makes his confession, Lula changes strategies again. She derides his being black and passive. Boldly radical and fiercely truthful!

After the assassination of Malcolm XBaraka left his wife and their two children and moved to Harlem. Views Read Edit View history. Paperback96 pages.


The play ends with Lula looking towards another young black man who has just boarded the now mostly empty train car. The play won an Obie Award as best American Off-Broadway play of ; it was made into a film in 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 shows that racist hatred and prejudiced Dutchman shows the tense relationship between white and black society.

The prologue attacks the whole nature of society, of poetry, and how society turns people into killers, liars, and thieves which Vessels very much is. Why is Clay accepting this discourse and then rejecting it so strongly? In a black president, love him or hate him, is serving his second term. There was a problem with your submission. Mar 13, Rejjia Camphor rated it it was amazing.

Dutchman & The Slave by Amiri Baraka

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Dutchman may seem violent and rude, but it truly unveils the sad, unjust, undeserved prejudices towards African-Americans. It was something Baldwin said when he was on a television show talking about protest and black civil rights.

He says he would rather choose to pretend to be ignorant of racism, not try to get rid of it by fighting with whites. 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.