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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Centered squarely on the Negro-white conflict, both Dutchman and The Slave are literally shocking plays–in ideas, in language, in honest anger. They illuminate as with a flash of lightning a deadly serious problem–and they bring an eloquent and exceptionally powerful voice to the American theatre.
Dutchman opened in New York City on March 24,to perhaps the most exc Centered squarely on the Negro-white conflict, both Dutchman and The Slave are literally shocking plays–in ideas, in language, in honest anger. Dutchman opened in New York City on March 24,to perhaps the most excited acclaim ever accorded an off-Broadway production and shortly thereafter received the Village Voice’s Obie Award. The Slave, which was produced off-Broadway the following fall, continues to be the subject of heated critical controversy.
Paperback96 pages. Published January 1st by Harper Perennial first published To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. Lists with This Book. May 25, Adira rated it it was ok Shelves: 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.
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.
I think I’d prefer to study Baraka’s work as a part of a curriculum so that I can be sort of safeguarded through it.
May 05, Amy rated it really liked it Recommended to Amy by: Also, both make the point that sexual relations across racial lines does not increase understanding, nor should it contribute to any sense of authority about the life of the other.
In the Dutchman, we witness a subway ride with Clay, a earlys middle class black man, and Lula, a closer to 30, provocative wh The Dutchman and the Slave are two plays by Leroi Jones Amiri Baraka from eutchman 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.
Throughout the play Lula teases Clay, hints towards the prospect of sex, claims to know about his “type”, then later moves towards insults and “Uncle Tom” derisions, escalating the scene significantly.
Basically, at its core, Clay is representative of black assimilationists, and Lula could be any white liberal who claims to amirl how black people are and how they should be, and Amiri Baraka ultimately seems to have no patience for either one of them.
If the Dutchman is full of hatred, the Slave takes that theme to a whole different level. In this play, we have 3 characters Grace and Easley, a white liberal couple; dutchmzn Walker a black man that we are amirii introduced to as drunk with a gun, xutchman later find out that he is the ex-husband of Grace. In the background explosions indicate a present or future war between blacks and whites. Walker is dutvhman leader of a violent radical black liberation movement whose ultimate goal seems to be to kill all white people.
We learn that Grace had left Walker years before for the very simple reason that if his goal was to kill all white people, and she happened to amlri white, then she couldn’t consider herself safe.
Even though Walker is a murderer, he is still clearly a victim in this play, since the need for violent racial war could only arise out of decades of oppression without wmiri. The vitriol builds in this play in such a way that there is only one inevitable conclusion. These are shocking, angry plays, but especially for the time, gestures such as these were probably the only things that could wake up some people.
Dutchman & The Slave by Amiri Baraka
Garaka 16, Joe added it Shelves: Maybe you know Dutchman? 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 happen.
It takes place in the future. And it makes sense that Dutchman is paired with this. In fact, it almost seems necessary to read them together. In another Amiri Baraka kills Hettie Jones and her academic husband in a domestic space in the future.
In one the white passengers in the train are complicit in the murder.
Who is also literally drunk. Boy I sure wish I knew what he was saying. Jun 10, Craig Werner rated it it was amazing Shelves: Quintessential moment in the transition from the early to the mid-late Sixties, particularly the public emergence of Black Power. 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. Incredibly powerful in performance.
I’d put Dutchman somewhere, probably in the top half, of the ten most important American plays.
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Jan 29, Eileen Ying rated it really liked it. And then, maybe one day, you’ll find they actual do understand exactly what you are talking about, all the fantasy people. All these blues people. And on that day, as sure as shit, when you really believe you can ‘ i read dutchman.
And on that day, as sure as shit, when you really believe you can ‘accept’ them into your fold, as half-white trusties late of the subject peoples. With no more blues They’ll murder you, and have very rational explanations. Very much like your own. Jul 31, Julie rated it really liked it Shelves: I’ve been looking for plays to pair with a study of Othello and I thought Baraka seemed a perfect fit.
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. For a shorter play it is really intense and there will be a lot for students to work through.
As well, the overt nod to Othello in the play is a great starting point for comparison. While the play is violent and disturbing, I’ve been looking for plays to pair with a study of Othello and I thought Baraka seemed a perfect fit. While the play is violent and disturbing, the content is an excellent source for discussion about race and gender. Why is Lula such a tease? Why is Clay accepting this discourse and then rejecting it so strongly? However, after reading Malcom X The Ballot or the Bullet, I could see that there was something I had not understood through my first reading: Through the relationship of Lula and Clay in her play, Amiri Baraka reveals the social and political relationship of White Americans and African-Americans in the context of the Black Power movements.
Lula represents white Americans and Clay, Afro-Americans who know they deserve equal rights. When Lula enters the bus, she sits near him and starts a conversation.
Early in their discussion, she mentions that she entered this bus because she saw Clay looking at her in a way that she describes as sexual. Even though Clay says it was not the case, that he looked at barska only because she was staring first, Lula still claims that it was the other way around.
This moment in the play reminded me of the plantations. White plantation holders were describing African-Americans as sexual beasts who were teasing them when in fact, the white men were the ones taking advantage of the African-Americans.
Moreover, Lula also represents the white political class who teases African-Americans with promises of equality, and with false hope of desegregation. When Lula starts to tease Clay, he believes her attraction is genuine and falls right into her trap.
Unfortunately for him, he was not aware of the dutchmna of the game. He could not have known that the moment he would not follow her rules, she would demonize him and even kill him. Clay, representing African-Americans who believed in the political promises, is disappointed and frustrated to have been played once more. He is angry, like the African-American population is angry. He is louder and Lula does not accept that he takes control of the conversation.
Therefore, when Clay threatens her, she kills him. As this is an allegory for the social and political climate of the time, the death of Clay is the death, or incarceration in prison, of all those who stood up to the unjust laws, and attempted to be in control dutcchman the conversation as much as any white Americans could be.
The relationship between Lula and Clay serves as an allegory for the larger issue of racial discrimination in the United States. Their discussion and the way they treat each other through the play reveals an African-American perspective of the conflict.
Dutchman & The Slave
It depicts the desire to be known as equals, but also the betrayal felt by the African-American population of the United States of America following broken promises. Dutchman may seem violent and rude, but it truly unveils the sad, unjust, undeserved prejudices towards African-Americans. And the only reason it received as much as 2 stars is because it was mildly interesting.
This play is nothing but a poor description of racism and murder. Not only does it have a schizophrenic feel, but it left me and I’m sure others as well at a loss.
What exactly happened and what was he point?
Jul 30, Amy rated it really liked it. This play is a time capsule of the early sixties. It’s a discussion of the black male experience in the ‘s. This play is told in symbols.
The characters are abstract representations of themselves. This play is a really interesting time capsule dutcgman a theatre style and a political environment. It’s not as shocking in and it’s no as progressive and envelope pushing, but it’s central themes remain important. It’s treatment of the main female This play is a time capsule of the early sixties.