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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Duchman not shown widely, the film was critically well-received and was nominated for the Golden Lion at the Venice Film Festivalwhere Shirley Knight received the Volpi Cup for best actress. Retrieved from ” https: Clay’s name is symbolic of the malleability of black identity and black manhood.
Lula is angered by Clay’s not falling for her manipulative tactics. Amiri Baraka as political satirist”African American Review Lula guesses that Clay tried to get his own sister to have sex with him when he was Although Clay says all this, he deeply rejects this plan of action. The play won an Obie Award as best American Off-Broadway play of ; it was made into a film in Dutchman was the last play produced by Baraka under his birth name, LeRoi Jones.
She accuses him of staring at her buttocks. 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.
Keep Exploring Britannica William Shakespeare. Dutchman may be described as a political allegory depicting black and white relations during the time Baraka wrote it. Views Read Edit View history. You may find it helpful to search within the site to see how similar or related subjects are covered.
It is also symbolic of integrationist and assimilationist ideologies within the contemporary Civil Rights Movement. He explains that these segregatory actions assuage black Americans’ anger towards whites and distracts them from accessing the “white man’s intellectual legacy”. She feeds him apples. Retrieved from ” https: Thank you for your feedback. Clay says that if he were to take Lula’s words to heart, he should just kill all the white people he meets. Unfortunately, our editorial approach may not be able to accommodate all contributions.
Clay launches into a monologue. Clay is gladdened by Lula’s apparent liking for him and maintains a hopeful attitude to having sex together. She directs all the other passengers, blacks and whites, in the train car to throw his body out and get out at the next stop.
Please try again later. William Shakespeare, English poet, dramatist, and actor, often called the English national poet and considered…. Clay states that if black people stopped dutchmaj to heal their pain through dance, music, civic participation, religion, or focusing on moving upwards in American society, and became coldly rational like white people, black people would just kill all the whites and be done with racism in America.
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The action focuses almost exclusively on Lula, a white woman, and Clay, a black man, who both ride the subway in New York City. The play, which won an Obie Award. 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.
Contact our editors with your feedback. Your contribution may be further edited by our staff, and its publication is subject to our final approval. She ignores his denials and uses stereotypes to correctly guess where he lives, where he is going, what Clay’s friend, Warren, looks and talks like. The two main performers “do their jobs with gusto and hold the viewer mildly absorbed.
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