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Dutchman and The Slave: Two Plays quotes Dutchman and The Slave: Two Plays, litcharts Dutchman and The Slave: Two Plays, symbolism Dutchman and The Slave: Two Plays, summary shmoop Dutchman and The Slave: Two Plays, Dutchman and The Slave: Two Plays f13f1917 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 TheatreDutchman Opened In New York City On March 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

10 thoughts on “Dutchman and The Slave: Two Plays

  1. says:

    Dutchman 2.5 starsThe Slave 3.5 starsI wish there was to say The first play was an Edward Albee encounter, one which barrels towards ultimatums as civility and taboo finds the quarters a bit cramped No one mentioned whether the compartment smelled like urine I was put in the mind of the Ten Minutes Older film featuring Jean Luc Nancy rattling on about the stranger While a black man looks on from across the train The second play occurs during the great race war My blemished, blas life has always heard echoes of this foretold event but no one until now offered details I think I ll stay home instead and watch Game of Thrones There are some terrific lines crackling here but too much is simply under developed The academic antagonist to the revolutionary refers to ritual drama, which one is tempted to apply to this play itself.

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    Review of The SlaveOnce , 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 Further, 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 After reading both Dutchman The Slave, I have to say that Amiri Baraka s work makes me feel like I m being dropped into the middle of his writing and getting surrounded by chaos without knowing how the conflicts started I only fully understand and get the plots AFTER I ve researched the plays historical impact 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.

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    The Dutchman and the Slave are two plays by Leroi Jones Amiri Baraka from 1964 Both plays deal with black white relations, specifically slave heritage and oppressor heritage respectively 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 early 20s 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 know 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 and Walker a black man that we are first introduced to as drunk with a gun, but 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 the 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 be 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 relief 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.

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    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 Given the damage of the war everyone , this is the, oddly, optimistic of the plays in that it s a cautionary tale It takes place in the future There s still time And it makes sense that Dutchman is paired with this In fact, it almost seems necessary to read them together In one Hettie Jones basically kills LeRoi Jones in a present day public space 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 In the other, it is Baraka s black army In Dutchman it s Lula Hettie who is drunk on the power of wielding definitions In The Slave, it is Walker Baraka Who is also literally drunk Etc etc etc If you want to figure out what Baraka is saying, you ve got to take the narrow road defined by these two Boy I sure wish I knew what he was saying You don t know anything except what s there for you to see Clay

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    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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    i read dutchman it was very good yt people are scary Don t make the mistake, through some irresponsible surge of Christian charity, of talking too much about the advantages of Western rationalism, or the great intellectual legacy of the white man, or maybe they ll begin to listen 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 accept them into your fold, as half white trusties late of the subject peoples With no bluesall of those ex coons will be stand up Western men, with eyes for clean hard useful lives, sober, pious and sane, and they ll murder you They ll murder you, and have very rational explanations Very much like your own to be clear, this play is highly critical of the liberal, assimilationist perspective but also unfolds through the eyes of a middle class black man it s LeRoi Jones on the brink of becoming Amiri Baraka so the author that Goodreads lists is technically contextually incorrect a potent examination of power and how it manifests via the neurosis of the white american psyche we see racial dynamics in the form of psychological drama the baiting and switching and gas lighting are wild however, i have a problem w the gendering of races the undertones of homophobia.

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    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, the content is an excellent source for discussion about race and gender.

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    Baraka s Dutchman first presented itself to me as lacking a purpose By that I mean that I could not understand the point of Lula and Clay s discussion 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 Dutchman is an allegory re enacting African American s history in the United States of America.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 her 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 The misrepresentations and racial tensions are embodied by Lula and Clay s conversation in the bus and their relationship.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 rules 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 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 of 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 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.

  9. says:

    The ONLY reason I read this was for a class 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

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    This play is a time capsule of the early sixties It s a discussion of the black male experience in the 1960 s This play is told in symbols The characters are abstract representations of themselves the perspective is told from Baraka s perspective This play is a really interesting time capsule of a theatre style and a political environment It s not as shocking in 2018 and it s no as progressive and envelope pushing, but it s central themes remain important.It s treatment of the main female character can feel stilted and one dimensional at times She is a tool and a symbol, but so is the main male character, with whom we take our emotional journey In all, this was shocking brash and avant garde when it was written, but now, it seems to lack the same confrontational impact as it did when it was written or carry the kind of nuance that modern theatre demands.

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