Dutchman is a play written by African-American playwright Amiri Baraka, then known as LeRoi The play’s title evokes images of Dutch ships that carried slaves across the Atlantic. The subway car itself, endlessly traveling the same course. Dutchman. Amiri Baraka. CHARACTERS. CLAY .. Your grandfather was a slave, he didn’t go to Harvard. CLAY My grandfather was a night watchman. ~. Amiri Baraka, born Leroi Jones in , is a poet, playwright, novelist, critic, and politcal activist. Best known for his highly acclaimed, award-winning play.

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Third, the world grows smaller every day and as ever, the way it changes can not always be anticipated. In Dutchman, Baraka presents to the theater audience a piece that is simple in structure—it features two characters and two scenes in a subway car—yet saturated with complexity and haun In Dutchman and The Slave, both plays published inAmiri Baraka he was still LeRoi Jones at the time presents two plays that explore a search for Black identity and consciousness and a question of sanity.

Everything I always thought a night in the theater should be. This was, of course, a very real fear of people during the s when the play was written. Frightening and provocative, the entire experience.

The play’s title evokes images of Dutch ships that carried slaves across the Atlantic. It wasn’t until I got to class and the teacher discussed it more with us that I began thinking about something specifically relating to Baldwin.

The Slave, which was produced off-Broadway the following fall, continues to be the subject of heated critical controversy. Sep 26, Camille rated it liked it. He states that he does not want to kill and that he prefers to be ignorant of the problem. He slaps her twice and tells her to leave him alone. Clay accuses Lula of knowing nothing but “luxury”. Vessels certainly did not strike me as a good parental figure in any way whatsoever.

The ending was sad and powerful as it opened to the prologue that preceded Act I, where Vessels is an old man with nothing left. You were my wife 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. Med dette bragt til en side skribler Lula barkaa eller andet i sin notesbog, idet en anden sort mand entrer togvognen. Jul 12, Jana rated it it was amazing. 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.


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? He will go to any lengths to fight and die for his cause.

This page was last edited on 20 Septemberat In the closing scene, Lula—by now it’s clear that she’s an agent of the white power structure—proceeds to seek out her next victim. However, he does not push his hope onto her and waits for Lula to make the offer first.

He attempted to take back by sheer force of language what the dominant cultural paradigm had taken from his people.

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.

It was a scary time for cast, crew and audience since Philly was experiencing race riots, and we never knew how the audience would react to Jones’s incendiary screech a la subway car violence.

Dutchman & The Slave

But it isn’t just about Adam and Eve or white people and black people. Jun 10, Craig Werner rated it it was amazing Shelves: Basically, at its dutcgman, Clay is representative of black assimilationists, and Lula could be any white liberal who claims to know how black people are and how they should be, and Amiri Baraka ultimately seems to have no patience for either one slavr them. Read, highlight, and take notes, across web, tablet, and phone.

Clay says that if he were to take Lula’s words to heart, he should just kill all the white people he meets. Dutchman and the Slave Volume of Apollo editions Drama.

Striking parallels and reversals reaffirm the sense that these two plays are meant to go hand in hand. Dutchman may seem violent and rude, but it truly unveils the sad, unjust, undeserved prejudices towards African-Americans.


Just to make clear where I’m coming from – some of Bakara’s poems are among my favorite twentieth century poems. Lula’s c Why five stars? Amiru interpretation I can give would be limited by anr experience as a white person, but I found the second play, “The Slave,” to be more interesting.

Walker, I was, am, white. This play is told in symbols. Dutchman shows the tense relationship between white and black society. Reminded me of the Michael Che bit about white women being able to get away with anything. 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 of the conversation as much as any white Americans could be.

Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Centered squarely on the Negro-white conflict, both Dutchman and The Slave are literally shocking plays–in ideas, in language, in honest anger. Thanks for telling us about the problem.

Dutchman & The Slave by Amiri Baraka

Servitude, autonomy, sexuality and exoticism expressed through a metalanguage of race, and the only way to go was violence. And the difference included a white man being praised whereas a black man is labeled tyrant and a nigger. And on that day, as sure as shit, when you really believe you can ‘accept’ them into amlri fold, as half-white trusties late of the amiir peoples.

Amiri Baraka’s “Dutchman” and the Book of Proverbs”. He explains that these segregatory actions assuage black Americans’ anger towards whites and distracts them from accessing the “white man’s intellectual legacy”. Centered squarely on the Negro-white conflict, both Dutchman and The Slave are literally shocking plays–in ideas, in language, in honest anger.