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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The action dutch,an almost exclusively on Lula, a white woman, and Clay, a black man, who both ride the subway in New York City. The Editors of Encyclopaedia Britannica. Amiri Baraka’s “Dutchman” and the Book of Proverbs”. This page was last edited on 20 Septemberat She feeds him apples.

At this point, it is unclear whether Clay is really going to a party, but he tells her he really is. Contact our editors with your feedback.

At the time, he was in the process of divorcing his Jewish wife, Hettie Jonesand embracing Black Nationalism. He states that he does not want to kill and that he prefers to be ignorant of the problem. Lula sits down next to Clay.


This article related to a British film of the s thf a stub. He explains that these segregatory actions assuage black Americans’ anger towards whites and distracts them from accessing the “white man’s intellectual legacy”.

Learn More in these related Britannica articles: 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.

Dutchman (film)

She accuses him of staring at her buttocks. Lula guesses that Clay tried bqraka get his own sister to have sex with him when he was But the whole thing boils down to a polemic that is tedious and without consistency or conviction in this form”. Once Clay makes his confession, Lula changes strategies again.

Lula is glad that Clay is so easy to manipulate barakka puts her hand on his leg. Clay says that if dutchmman were to take Lula’s words to heart, he should just kill all the white people he meets.

Bosley Crowther in his review for The New York Times complained of padding, “at least five to 10 minutes” are “shots of empty New York subway stations”. Charles Dickens, English novelist, generally considered the greatest of the Victorian era. Dutchman play by Baraka. He slaps her twice and tells her to leave him alone.

Films directed by Anthony Harvey.

Dutchman | play by Baraka |

The play, which won an Obie Award. Clay’s name is symbolic of the malleability of black identity and black manhood.


Clay states that if black people stopped trying 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.

Lula is angered by Clay’s not falling for her manipulative tactics. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. Clay, who does not respond initially, eventually grabs her and throws her down. Dutchman was the last play produced by Baraka under his birth name, LeRoi Jones.

Clay suggests that whites let black people dance “black” dances and make “black” music. His first significant play, Dutchman ; filmwhich recounted an explosive confrontation on a train between a black intellectual and a white woman who murders duychman, won the Obie Award for best Off-Broadway American play.

Lula provokes Clay to anger and finally murders him. The two main performers “do their jobs with gusto and hold the viewer mildly absorbed. Lula vaguely alludes to having sex with Clay at her “apartment” after the “party”.