Aspect Of Race In Dutchman Essay

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Dutchman is a play by Amiri Baraka; it is a one act drama set in a train. Dutchman’s debut was in the Cherry Lane theatre in New York, more specifically Greenwich Village. The date of its debut was March 1964; on the date of its debut it also won an Off-Broadway award or the Obie award. In short this play features an African American man by the name of Clay who is on a train. On this train there is a woman by the name of Lula, she is older than Clay and she is white. Lula attempts to sexually seduce Clay and when Clay isn’t engaging in her flirtatious banter and just giving her short responses she starts to provoke him. She begins to dance around the train harassing Clay racially. He throws ...view middle of the document...

For example, in conversation Lula makes a comment referencing how Clay is “an escaped nigger”.
The difference in how Baraka has rendered Lula and Clay leads to racial conflict between the two on more than one occasion. It is obvious during the play that Lula has chosen to sit by Clay specifically because he is young and more importantly black, someone who she can prey on as she is white. Lula harasses Clay as stated above implying he’s an escaped slave making obvious reference to a derogatory stereotype. She later in the play dances around the train mocking African Americans when they dance and sing. In the same scene Lula calls Clay an uncle tom (meaning he is a slave who is in favor of the oppression of other slaves). This harassment of Clay goes unanswered until the end and even at that point he makes no white racial slur against Lula. These harassments inflicted on Clay by Lula are to emphasize white oppression on Blacks. Clay states in the play that he would rather be insane than be sane by killing white people. This displays how in the play Clay almost “rises” above the conflict, taking the “higher route” or being the “bigger man” so to speak. Showing he isn’t just another Black person who hates and would, if given the opportunity, kill white people.
Along with racial conflict, Baraka also places emphasis on the roles in society of these two...

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