Homework Help

How is Dutchman by Amiri Baraka a political piece of drama?

user profile pic

victoriajane | Student, Undergraduate | eNotes Newbie

Posted April 15, 2008 at 12:24 AM via web

dislike 1 like

How is Dutchman by Amiri Baraka a political piece of drama?

1 Answer | Add Yours

user profile pic

gbeatty | College Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

Posted April 17, 2008 at 10:36 AM (Answer #1)

dislike 0 like

It is a political drama for the racial attitudes expressed in the play, the violence, and the sexual politics. Remember that this was first produced in 1964, when racial tensions were rising and the Women's Liberation movement just really getting underway. To have race-based insults, or even comments, flung like Lula does is highly political. Likewise, the specific charges from Lula, and the desperate attempts on Clay's part to find a way to relate to her, and to have a stable psyche, or even a coherent identity, was political at the time. This is very much about the role of the African-American in white society.

Sources:

Join to answer this question

Join a community of thousands of dedicated teachers and students.

Join eNotes