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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Dec 18, Daniel rated it liked it Shelves: Jan 05, Paulina rated it it was amazing. Why is Clay accepting this discourse and then rejecting it so strongly?

Dutchman & The Slave

And slqve difference included a white man being praised whereas a black man is labeled tyrant and a nigger. Archived from the original on May 4, Thanks for telling us about the problem.

Lula guesses that Clay tried to get his own sister to have sex with him when he was Mar 13, Rejjia Camphor rated it it was amazing. But it’s individuals who are dying.

Dutchman & The Slave by Amiri Baraka

I felt sorry for the young man she had her sights on next, yet I am sure her character and any person who relates to her would never be able to wash away the powerful and fiery put-down she received due to her insolent and stupid presumptions of a race she knew only rumors about.

I liked The slave a lot more. There are far better books exploring the rage and anger underpinning racial consciousness see Richard Wright, Ann Petry, Ralph Ellison, Fanon, etc.

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Clay accuses Lula of knowing nothing but “luxury”. She feeds him apples. Want to Read saving…. Clay is shocked by barkaa apparent knowledge of his past and says that she must be a friend of Warren. The play ends with Lula looking towards another young black man who has just boarded the now mostly empty train car.


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.

Regardless of publication date, they’re still relevant and worth reading, and contain some great monologues for anyone interested.

It turned everything upside down, or rather right side up. Clay launches into a monologue. Amiri Baraka as political satirist”African American Review 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.

Have fun with it. It also showed how much of a barqka insecure person Lula is. Dutchman opened in New York City on March 24,to perhaps the most excited acclaim ever accorded an off-Broadway production and slav thereafter received the Village Voice’s Obie Award.

Not only does it have ducthman schizophrenic feel, but it left me and I’m sure others as well at a loss. While Baraka’s writing in both plays is clearly didactic, it never comes off as preachy. Was hoping he would have overcome and killed Vessels. Even though Clay says it was not the case, that he looked slav her only because she was staring first, Lula still claims that it was the other way around.

Feb 17, Bobby Bermea rated it it was amazing Shelves: Clay is gladdened by Lula’s apparent liking for him and maintains a hopeful attitude to having sex together.

Dutchman and the Slave – Leroi Jones – Google Books

You were preaching the murder of all white people. 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.

To me, they represent talent going to waste. DUTCHMAN is still at a place where it has relevance and may even prove prophetic or iconic or it may fade away as so many works of art have, not because it wasn’t great but because the work it had to do has been done and it is now time to move on. Jul 31, Julie rated it really liked it Shelves: He could not have known that the moment he would not follow her rules, she would demonize him and even kill him.


I did the lighting for the piece during its Philadelphia premiere at Society Hill Playhouse. 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. Compared to Bigger Thomas, Vessels character is a man who has been influenced very hard by his experiences, is consumed with conflicting emotions, and spits on the laws of society. Account Options Sign in.

It is also symbolic of integrationist and assimilationist ideologies within the contemporary Civil Rights Movement. 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. Baldwin discussed the difference between a white man asking for his liberties and rights in society versus a black man asking for his liberties and rights.

Lula is angered by Bqraka not falling for her manipulative tactics. He is angry, like the African-American population is zmiri.

Rather it’s in the same historical theater tradition of pitting opposing views, opposing lives, on the stage and fighting the ideas, back and forth. He shook people loose of their complacency. Servitude, autonomy, sexuality and exoticism expressed through a metalanguage of race, and the only way to go was violence.

The idea was in the air still is that black people would be happy just to be able to participate. Baraka has gotten some flack over the past few years as being a polarizing, inflammatory figure amongst black american writers and intellectuals.

Feb 28, J rated it it was amazing.